from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam The office of an imam.
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- n. The office or jurisdiction of an imam.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or function of an imam; the califate.
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The very first Islamic schism between the Sunni's literally-deist absolutism, and the anthropomorphic rationalism based on the imamate and the cult of saints in the Shiism, had its early beginnings in Egypt.
What we are witnessing is a contest between the Shiite idea of an imamate, where, essentially, God is the head of state, versus the Republic, in which the people rule.
The latter saying has been particularly important for Shias who used it in support of for the right of Muhammad's descendants to the imamate.
Yemeni authorities have accused the rebels of seeking to restore the Zaidi Shiite imamate that ruled in Sanaa until its overthrow in a 1962 republican coup that sparked eight years of civil war.
The authorities have accused the rebels of seeking to restore the Zaidi Shiite imamate that ruled in Sanaa until its overthrow in a 1962 republican coup that sparked eight years of civil war.
It is clear that this issue of imamate actually runs deep into the meaning of this article.
The regime in Iran has become an Islamic emirate, or imamate if you prefer, like the one that existed in Yemen until 1961 and in Afghanistan under the Taliban until 2002.
Since 2004, the government "has faced an uphill battle in trying to clamp down on the Shiite rebels [the al-Houthi tribe of the Shiite Zaydi sect] who are accused of taking Iranian support in trying to re-establish a Shiite imamate in the north that would break Yemen apart" (Stratfor, September 1).
The Yemeni government accuses the Houthis of trying to restore a Zaidi imamate system, which was overthrown in a 1962 coup.
They wish to restore the Zaidi imamate to Yemen, which was overthrown in a coup in 1962.