Secretive Shii school of thought located in a mountain range in northwestern Syria. Believe in the absolute oneness of God and that God appeared on earth seven times in human form with Ali as the last manifestation. Interpret the Quran and hadith allegorically, emphasizing good and evil, symbolized by light and darkness. Celebrate both Muslim and Christian festivals. Also known as Nusayris, after their founder Muhammad ibn Nusayr, a ninth-century follower of the eleventh Shii imam.