from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See imam.

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  • noun Archaic form of imam.

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  • noun (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide


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  • In the centre is the pulpit, coarsely painted red and blue, where the imaum recites his prayers.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873

  • So the imaum left the court, and returned presently carrying two small boxes of sandalwood tied with silk and sealed, so like each other that none could tell them apart, which boxes he passed continually from his right hand to his left and from his left hand to his right, then gave them to Saladin.

    The Brethren

  • But when she was gone and the brethren were gone, he turned to the emir Hassan and to the great imaum who had sat silent all this while, and said:

    The Brethren

  • They passed down long passages; they came to a door which the imaum, who hobbled in front, unlocked.

    The Brethren

  • Masouda the emirs wished Saladin to kill him, if for no other reason because he had dashed out the eye of the holy imaum with a lamp.

    The Brethren

  • But my heart was bitter against her and you, and the imaum, he whom you smote, put into my mind the trick that cost him his eye and almost cost a worn-out and sorrowful man his life.

    The Brethren

  • Taking a silver lamp from the wall, the imaum beckoned to Godwin, who bowed to the Sultan and followed.

    The Brethren

  • Calling to one of his council, that same old imaum who had planned the casting of the lots, the Sultan spoke with him aside.

    The Brethren

  • No; not every one, for those of the old imaum were fixed upon the face of

    The Brethren

  • "Now," muttered the imaum into the ear of his master, "now at length we shall learn which it is of these two men that the lady loves."

    The Brethren


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