ʽAlī

biographical name
\ ä-ˈlē How to pronounce ʽAlī (audio) , ˈä-lē\
variants: Arabic ʽAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib \ -​ˌi-​bən-​ˌä-​bē-​ˈtä-​lib How to pronounce ʽAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (audio) \

Definition of ʽAlī

circa 600–661 cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad 4th orthodox caliph (656–661)

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