Ismaili

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Is·ma·i·li

 (ĭs′mä-ē′lē) also Is·ma·i·li·an (-ē′lē-ən)
n. pl. Is·ma·i·lis also Is·ma·i·li·ans
A member of a branch of Shiism that follows a living imam and is noted for esoteric philosophy.

[Arabic Isma'īlīy, after Isma'īl (died 760), son of the sixth imam, Jafar (700?-765).]
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Ismaili

(ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ) or

Isma'ili

npl -lis
1. (Islam) a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam
2. (Islam) Also called: Ismailian a member of this sect
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ismaili - an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Ismaili - of or relating to a branch of Shiism that is noted for its esoteric philosophy
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It was also a practice among that the Nizari Ismailis that the place where their religious leader resided was kept secret and revealed to a few chosen followers.
The show, directed by Monadel Antar, the band's technical director, is inspired by the incidents that happened with Nizari Ismailis and their leader, Hassan el Sabbah, after he had derived himself out from Fatimid rule and took over the power of Alamut Castle "the Death Citadel" located in northern Persia.
A Shi'a offshoot group, the Nizari Ismailis, nick-named the "Assassins" by the West, were also in the area then; they actually made a few attempts on Saladin's life, as well as generally spreading fear and loathing throughout the entire Fertile Crescent.