Abu Shu'ayb Muhammad ibn Nusayr, was a disciple of the tenth Twelver Shi'a Imam, Ali al Hadi and of the eleventh Imam, Hasan al Askari (d. 873). Ibn Nusayr was known to his companions as a representative (Bab) of al-Askari and of the twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi during the Minor Occultation. A rival of his in claiming to be the Bab (door) to the Imams was Abu Yaqub Ishaq, founder of the Ishaqiyya.
The followers of Ibn Nusayr are known as, Nusairyoon/Nosayris/Nusayris (Arabic: نصيريون) or, since the 1920s, Alawi (Arabic: علوي). One should note that the term Nusayri now has a negative connotation, as the Islamic State Group employs the term to promote the genocide of Alawites.
He was of Persian origin, but was associated with the Arab al-Namir tribe.
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