The Imam, as understood by the Shi'ite concept of Imamah, refers to any of the rightfully established leaders of the Islamic world after the death of the Prophet. For "Imam" meaning the leader of a congregational prayer, see imam-al-jamaah. For "Imam" according to Sunni usage of a local community/masjid leader, see imam-khatib.
According to the Shi'ite doctrine of Imamah, Imams are the rightfully established leaders of the Islamic world.
This tag is for questions about or specific to the role of these appointed Imams. For questions about the doctrine of Imamah itself, please use imamah instead. For questions about or specific to a particular Imam, consider using a more precise tag (e.g. imam-ali).
For further details, see the following Wikipedia article: