Perhaps what the sect and its leader most teach us is the way some on the American and Israeli Right are desperate for allies.
He was Ismaili, a Shia sect, but this was no time for accuracy.
On a 2,813-acre tract roughly 30 miles west, Washington found a Calvinist sect called the Seceders squatting on his land.
In 1999 the party launched a wide-ranging crackdown against the outlawed quasi-Buddhist Falun Gong sect.
It also resembles those of a 1st-century sect leader in Palestine who was also popular with the poor.
An early Christian sect, called Ophites, worshipped it as the personation of natural knowledge.
He founded a sect of new-green-one worshippers (quite unwittingly).
Avoid as you would the plague those who seek to embroil you in conflict, one Christian sect with another.
That sect that calls up ghosts and goblins by means of the legs of a table!
Morals with this sect were carried, or affected to be carried to the same degree of extravagance as religion.
mid-14c., "distinctive system of beliefs or observances; party or school within a religion," from Old French secte, sete "sect, religious community," or directly from Late Latin secta "religious group, sect in philosophy or religion," from Latin secta "manner, mode, following, school of thought," literally "a way, road, beaten path," from fem. of sectus, variant past participle of sequi "follow," from PIE *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel). Confused in this sense with Latin secta, fem. past participle of secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Meaning "separately organized religious body" is recorded from 1570s.
A religious group, especially one that has separated from a larger group. Sect is often a term of disapproval.
(Gr. hairesis, usually rendered "heresy", Acts 24:14; 1 Chr. 11:19; Gal. 5:20, etc.), meaning properly "a choice," then "a chosen manner of life," and then "a religious party," as the "sect" of the Sadducees (Acts 5:17), of the Pharisees (15:5), the Nazarenes, i.e., Christians (24:5). It afterwards came to be used in a bad sense, of those holding pernicious error, divergent forms of belief (2 Pet. 2:1; Gal. 5:20).