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FATIMID DYNASTY. The institutional embodiment of the Isma'iliyah, a Shi'i sects that anise from the disputed succession to Ja'far al-Sadiq (c 700-756 ), the sixth imam imam of mainstream Shiism (the Imamiyah), was called  the Fatimid dynasty. Al-Sadiq's son and designated successor, Isma'il, had predeceased him, and some Shi 'is took Isma'il's son, Muhammad, as the imam, rather than Isma'il's brother,Musa al-Kazim, who was accepted by the majority, By the end of the ninth century, Muhammad ibn ...more

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