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 (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).]


(ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ) or


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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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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Coincidently, one of the world's biggest advocates of diversity and pluralism, His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, is on a visit to Pakistan.
They said that Prince Karim Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam, spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims will be completing 60 years as Imam on July 11, 2017.
Damascus, (SANA) His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Syria stressed Monday that the Syrians are able to practice constructive democracy and build Syria as they chose a national president who will fulfill the aspirations of all Syrians.
His Highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development was being awarded to Shah Karimal-Husseini--a man better known as the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, a sect of 12 million to 15 million believers worldwide who revere him as a direct descendant of and legitimate heir to the prophet Muhammad.
Kyrgyzstan is grateful to the Aga Khan Development Network for its efforts aimed at improvement of living standards of the population in remote mountainous parts of the country, said President Bakiev today during the meeting with His Highness Prince Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
The Aga Khan celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2007, 50 years after he became the Imamat of the world's Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.