Qarmatian

noun Qar·ma·ti·an \kärˈmātēən\\-āthēən\
variants: or

Karmatian

\kärˈmātēən\ or

Karmathian

less commonly

Carmathian

\-āthēən\

Definition of Qarmatian

plural

-s

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of qarmatian

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


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