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The imam is a recognized religious leader or teacher in Islam.

According to the Twelve-Imam Shiite dogma, imam refers only to one of twelve early leaders of Islam - Ali, Hasan[?], Husayn[?], and nine of Husayn's descendants.

The Ismailis trace a different line of Imams, branching at one of Husayn's descendants from the 12-Imam line.

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For a slightly more detailed description of the Shiite belief (and for the other names and titles of the twelve Imáms, see, for example, http://www.bahai-library.org/books/dawnbreakers/preface/prefislam .

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