Mahdis and Millenarians: Shiite Extremists in Early Muslim Iraq

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Mahdis and Millenarians is a study of early extremist Shiites in Iraq and Iran. These sectarians originated certain doctrines and religious practices that influenced a number of later Shiite religious and political movements. Their millenarian expectations and willingness to use force against perceived enemies gave them a sense of solidarity and coherence that could be effectively mobilized in revolutionary or conflict situations. They should be viewed primarily within the context of world millenarian sectarian movements.
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"In Mahdis and Millenarians, William F. Tucker examines the origins and theological doctrines of four early sectarian groups connected to the southern Iraqī city of Kūfa during the Umayyad caliphate (661-750)." -Najam Haider, H-Levant
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521178372
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Earlier movements. 'Abd Allah ibn Saba' and his followers. Al-Mukhtar and the Kaisaniyya;
2. Bayan ibn Sam'an and the Bayaniyya;
3. Al-Mughira ibn Sa'id and the Mughiriyya;
4. Abu Mansur Al-'ijli and the Mansuriyya;
5. 'Abd Allah ibn Mu'Awiya and the Janahiyya;
6. Influence and significance of the four sects; Conclusion.
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