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BOHRAS. This Muslim community of Gujarat in western India traces its spiritual ancestry to early conversions to Isma'ili Shiism during the reign of the Fatimid caliph-imam al-Mustansir (AH 427-487/1036-1094 CE). When schisms occurred in the Isma'ili da'wah (mission) in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in Egypt, the Isma'ilis in India followed the Fatimi Tayyibi da`wah of Yemen. Subsequently, this community split a number of times to form the Ja'fari Bohras, Da'udi Bohras, Sulaymani Bohras, `Al ...more

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