The extended name of the Shiite imams

January 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm (Arabic, History, Islam, Shiite Islam)

While I should have been working on a post on jihad, I was toying around with the extended names of the Shiite imams. Most Arab names include the name of the father (the formula “bin” or “ibn” followed by the father’s name) but some include the names of more ancestors. For no reason whatsoever, here are the extended names of the Twelver and Ismaili imams.

The current Twelver Imam is Abu-l-Qāsim Muhammad al-Mahdī bin al-Hassan al-’Askarī, twelfth in the line (hence “Twelver Shiites”). He is the so-called “Hidden Imam”. The current Nizari Qasim-Shahi Ismaili Imam is His Highness Shāh Karīm al-Hussaynī Āgā (or Āghā) Khān IV, forty-ninth in the line. (In actuality, Arab naming conventions are not used among the Ismailis.) Read the rest of this entry »


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The MoxArgon Group: alien observers of earth

January 25, 2008 at 12:30 am (Amusement, Blogs)

I welcome our (potential? future?) alien overlords: The MoxArgon Group under Remulak MoxArgon, Ruler of the Known Universe. These alien watchers, currently writing from Canada, observe and comment on our puny human affairs. They’re quite amusing but always right on.

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