ʿAlī Ilāhī
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(also ʿAlīyu ’llāhī, i.e. “deifier of ʿAlī”), a sect of extreme S̲h̲īʿites (g̲h̲ulāt), which is even now widely diffused in Persia, and whose name is due to the fact that they consider ʿAlī an incarnation of God. This has caused them to be identified with the Nuṣairīs, but wrongly, according to Z̲h̲ukofski and Dussaud. They give themselves the appellation of Ahl-i Ḥaḳḳ They do not frequent the mosques, nor recognize any ritual uncleanness; they eat pork and drink wine; they do not permit polygamy. At their wedding festivities, they have round dances, in …

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Huart, Cl., “ʿAlī Ilāhī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0636>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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