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n. Islam
The office of an imam.
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1. (Islam) the region or territory governed by an imam
2. (Islam) the office, rank, or period of office of an imam
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(ɪˈmɑ meɪt)

1. the office of an imam.
2. the region or territory governed by an imam.
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According to Tabari, Sindh was selected since its governor, Umar ibn Hafs, supported Muhammad's claim to the Imamate. Ibn Khaldun and Ibn al-Athir say that the governor had Shi'ite inclinations.
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was born in 869 AD and assumed the Imamate at five years of age after the killing of his father Hassan al-Askari.
The passport belongs to citizen Sheikh Hamad Al Balushi, from what was once the Imamate of Oman.
They will seek to impose a new social order that glorifies the imamate system that was governed by one class (Al Sada).
The conference titled "the Imamate in the European Context: Challenges and perspectives" is organised by the European Council of Moroccan Ulema.
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Yemen was formerly ruled for over a thousand years by a Zaidi Imamate which became a monarchy.
The book narrates from Imam Ali (AS) on a wide variety of topics including metaphysics, theology, jurisprudence, guidelines, hadith, prophetology, imamate, ethics, social philosophy, history, politics, administration, civics, science, rhetoric, poetry, as well as the creation of the World.
Speaking at meeting with UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Al Ahmar said real peace should be based on good intentions, commitment to implementing UN resolutions, releasing detainees, stopping random arrests of political activists and media persons who reject the imamate sectarian agenda pushed by the Houthi rebels and militants loyal to now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Named Muhammad ibn Hassan, he was born Samarra' in 869 AD and assumed the Imamate there at the age of 5 years after the death of his father Hassan al-Askari.