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ISMA'ILIYYA, a major branch of the Shi'a with numerous subdivisions. It branched off fromthe Imamiyya [see ithna 'ashariyya] by tracing the imamate through Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq's son
Isma'il, after whom it is named. By: M. Kamil Husayn, Ta'ifat al-Isma'iliyya, Cairo 1959.

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