variants or Karmatian
or Karmathian or less commonly Carmathian
plural -s
: a member of a Muslim Shiʽite sect founded in the 9th century and flourishing during the middle ages as a communistic secret society that in time expanded to a small independent state on the Persian gulf from which its members raided neighboring lands

Word History


Hamdan Qarmat, 9th century Iraqi peasant who founded the sect + English -an

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“Qarmatian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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