• WordNet 3.6
    • n imam (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Imam A Mohammedan prince who, as a successor of Mohammed, unites in his person supreme spiritual and temporal power.
    • Imam Among the Mohammedans, a minister or priest who performs the regular service of the mosque.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imam A Mohammedan chief or leader. Specifically The religious title of the four successors of Mohammed, and of the four great doctors of the four orthodox sects; hence, a Mohammedan prince or religious leader: as, the Imam of Muscat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Imam i-mam′ the officer who in Mohammedan mosques recites the prayers and leads the devotions of the faithful—in Turkey also superintending circumcisions, marriages, and funerals.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. imām,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. imām, chief.


In literature:

He had seen it done by Hashishiyya imams, but he had never done it himself.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Some who consider the Imams sinless, explain their conduct in the same way.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The Imam laid Halid on the marble floor and prepared to wash him prior to interment.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
The imams set to work at once.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
The sight of new and strange things is like the lessons which the good Imam used to give me at school from the Kuran.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
Walid was the first caliph, born and trained as prince, who felt the majesty of the imamate and wished it to be felt by his subjects.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
In the third it was taught that there were only seven imams and that the other sects of the Shi'ites were in error.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
They speak Turkish and profess to be Moslems, but have no mosques or imams.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
They remained prostrate until the Sultan reached the door; when the Imam would exclaim: Allehu ekber!
"In Love With the Czarina and Other Stories" by Mór Jókai
Omar Khayyam was born at Naishapur, in Persia, and enjoyed a good education under a famous Imam, or holy man, of his birthplace.
"Comfort Found in Good Old Books" by George Hamlin Fitch

In news:

FBI sued over fatal shooting of Detroit imam .
Thousands gather in the mosque to pray and hear Imam Mohammed Ziani speak.
On Wednesday's NewsHour, the global health unit reports on how Morocco is training imams to educate people in their communities about the HIV virus.
One such imam , Mohamed Ziani, speaks about HIV prevention during prayer at his mosque and teaches other imams to do the same.
"We need to have American imams who understand the local context legally, socially, politically.".
Benetton Drops Image Of Pope Kissing Imam After Vatican Objects.
Interfaith Amigos — imam , pastor and rabbi — to speak at event in Langley on Sunday.
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is the executive producer of Radio Islam.
We'll get reaction from local imam Abdul Malik Mujahid.
The imam 's stance against terrorism has earned him some criticism from fellow members of the faith.
New Details Emerge of Radical Imam 's Lunch at the Pentagon.
Attorney says Fla. Imam will fight terror charges.
View full size A pedestrian walks past the Jamat Al-Mummineen Mosque in Margate, Fla. Where imam Izhar Khan has been charged with providing about $45,000 in financial support to the Pakistani Taliban Saturday, May 14, 2011.
Imam Mahdi Bray Extended Interview.
The Georgetown University Lecture Fund will be hosting Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the former spokesman of the controversial Park51 mosque, according to the Georgetown Voice.