Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The office of an imam.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office or function of an imam; the califate.

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  • noun Islam The office or jurisdiction of an imam.

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Examples

  • 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.

    Amir Madani: ElBaradei Against the Mummified Power of Pharaoh

  • 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.

    Nathan Gardels: Will Iran Look More Like Turkey, or Turkey Like Iran?

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    RSSMicro Search - Top News on RSS Feeds

  • 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.

    RSSMicro Search - Top News on RSS Feeds

  • 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.

    Yahoo! News: Latest news headlines News Headlines | Top Stories

  • 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.

    Yahoo! News: Latest news headlines News Headlines | Top Stories

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