a member of the principal sect of Shiʿah, believing in a succession of twelve divinely inspired imams, beginning with Ali and ending with Muhammad al-Muntazar (d. a.d. c880), who supposedly retired to a cave, later to return as the Mahdi.
Also I·ma·mi [ih-mah-mee] /ɪˈmɑ mi/.
Origin of Imamite
Also called Twelver.
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