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[ is-mey-uh-lee-uh, ‐mahy-uh‐ ]
/ ˌɪs meɪ əˈli ə, ‐maɪ ə‐ /

noun Islam.

a branch of Shiʿism, including in its number the Assassins and the Druses, having an esoteric philosophy and asserting Ismaʿil to be the seventh divinely inspired imam in the succession from Ali.

Origin of Ismaʿiliya

< Arabic Īsmāʿīlīyah, see Ismaʿilian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019