ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib(66,105 words)

Gholami, YadollahMelvin-Koushki, Matthew

ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib, first cousin of the Prophet Muḥammad; first of the Imams for all Shiʿi Muslims—the very term Shīʿa being derived from the designation Shīʿat ʿAlī, ‘the supporters of ʿAlī’; fourth and last of the ‘rightly-guided caliphs’ (al-khul…

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Gholami, Yadollah; Melvin-Koushki, Matthew. "ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib." Encyclopaedia Islamica. Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 26 July 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopaedia-islamica/ali-b-abi-talib-COM_0252>
First appeared online: 2008
First Print Edition: isbn: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912

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