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JAMI'AH AL-SAYFIYAH, AL-. This Arabic academy in Surat, India, is the principal institution for the religious education and training of the Da'udi Bohra Ismai'ilis. The academy was established in 1814 by the forty-third da'i mutlaq, (head of the Da'udi Bohras), Sayyidna `Abd `Ali Sayf al-Din (1798-181'7). The institution was then known as al-Dars al-Sayfi ("Sayfi learning assembly") in which the delis and their learned disciples conducted sessions in the mosque or courtyard (iwan) of the academy ...more

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