Fatimid

Fatimid

[fat-uh-mid]
noun
1.
any caliph of the North African dynasty, 909–1171, claiming descent from Fatima and Ali.
2.
any descendant of Fatima and Ali.
Also, Fatimite [fat-uh-mahyt] .


Origin:
1720–30

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Fatimid (ˈfætɪmɪd)
 
n
1.  a member of the Muslim dynasty, descended from Fatima, daughter of Mohammed, and Ali, her husband, that ruled over North Africa and parts of Egypt and Syria (909--1171)
2.  Also called: Fatimite a descendant of Fatima and Ali

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Fatimid
Arabic dynasty that ruled 908-1171 in N.Africa and sometimes Egypt and Syria, from Fatima, daughter of Muhammad by his first wife, Khadija; Fatima married Ali, and from them the dynasty claimed descent.
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