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Among the Shias of South Asia the Ithna-Asharis are in the majority while the Khojas and Bohras of Western South Asia belong to the two internal divisions of the Isma`ili school of Muslims - the Nizaris (Khojas) with Satpanth Ismaili and the the Musta‘lis (Bohras or Bohri) with Tayyibi Ismaili. The Bohras are subdiveded into three main sects: Dawoodi, Sulaimani and Alavi.

Most Bohras are Dawoodi (Daudi) Ismailis, small Sulaimani branch is located in Yemen and the smaller Alavi Bohras.

Alavi Bohra are a subsect of Shia Isma`ili Mustaali school. They are mostly concentared in Pakistan and India. The Mustaali group of Ismaili Muslims are so named because they accepted the legitimacy of the Fatimid caliph Al-Musta'li, after Mustansir, and not Nizar, whom the Aga Khan school or Nizaris consider as their Imam. This group is also referred to as the Taiyabi or Tayyibi group, named after the last Imam recognized by them, Taiyab abi al-Qasim. Originally, there was a distinction between Taiyabi Mustaalis and Hafizi Mustaalis (who recognized the Fatimid rulers of Egypt between 1130-1169 as legitimate Imams, not Taiyab abi al-Qasim). However the Hafizi Mustaali view lost all support after the downfall of the Fatimid dynasty in Egypt, and current-day Mustaalis are Taiyabis.

In 1592, a leadership struggle caused the Taiyabi Mustaalis to be split into Sulaimani (sometimes formerly also called Makramis) and Dawoodis. The Sulaimani Bohra (named after their 27th Dai Sulaiman bin Hassan) are mainly concentrated in Yemen, while the Dawoodi Bohras are strongest in Pakistan and India. Later, there was a further split in the Dawoodi Bohras sect and a new subsect formed the Alavi Bohras. The Dawoodi Bohra has split again as a smaller Progressive Dawoodi Bohra subsect has formed in 1980s.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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