Imam

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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 descendents.

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