Pronunciation: (i-mä'mīt), [key]
a member of the principal sect of Shiعah, 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•miPronunciation: (i-mä'mē). [key]Also called Twelver.
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