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IBADI DYNASTY. The moderate sect of Khariji origin known as the Ibadiyah was introduced into Oman first through access to the many Omani tribes settling in Basra and by missionaries from the sect's headquarters in Basra early in the eighth century CE (first-second century AH). Some of the early Ibadi scholars and influential leaders were of Omani origin, including Jabir ibn Zayd al-Azdi (d. 711), the real founder of the sect. He was exiled to Oman by the governor of Basra. Three of the first fou ...more

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