Theological or political status in Islam

The term imamate or imamah (Arabic: إمامة, imāmah) means "leadership" and refers to the office of an imam or a state ruled by an imam.


  • Imamate, in Sunni doctrine the caliphate
  • Naqshbandi Sufi Imamate, under the household of Hazrat Ishaan


  • Caucasian Imamate, a state during the early and mid-19th century in the Eastern Caucasus
  • Imamate of Oman, a state existed in what is now Oman
  • Imamate of Aussa, an early modern state in Ethiopia
  • Imamate of Futa Jallon, a state in West Africa from 1725 until 1896
  • Imamate of Futa Toro, a state in West Africa from 1776 until 1861
  • Hiraab Imamate, a Somali state in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Imams of Yemen, political leadership of the Zaidi branch of Shia from 897 until 1962