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born c. 600, Mecca, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia]
died January 661, Kufah, Iraq

in full  'Ali ibn Abi Talib  cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, and fourth of the “rightly guided” (rashidun) caliphs, as the first four successors of Muhammad are called. Reigning from 656 to 661, he was the first imam (leader) of Shi'ism in all its forms. The question of his right to the caliphate (the political-religious structure comprising…


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