The origin of the name Nosairi is uncertain.
This view has been accepted by Nosairi writers, but they transfer Ibn Nusair to the 7th century and make him the son of the vizier of Moawiya I., while another tradition (cf.
In Sura 6 of the Majmu` the Nosairi says: "I make for the Door, I prostrate myself before the Name, I worship the Idea."
Religion is restricted among the Nosairis to the initiated, who must be adults over fifteen years of age and of Nosairi parentage.
The pious Nosairi takes his rank among the stars, but the body of the impious undergoes many transformations.
List of forty Nosairi MSS.