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IMAM. A title indicating leadership, governance, or rule, imam (Ar., imam) is used in a wide variety of contexts by both Sunni and Shi'i Muslims. The most common contemporary use of the word is to designate the leader of congregational prayers, this being justified by the etymological sense of imam as "one who stands in front." (In Iran, the leader of the Friday prayers held in large mosques or other appropriate spaces is called imam jum'ah). The word imam occurs in the Qur'an as an attribute ...more

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