The Messiah of Shiraz: Studies in Early and Middle Babism

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BRILL, 2009 - 738 pages
The 19th century saw an enormous shift in the authority structure of Iranian and Iraqi Twelver Shi ism, with the victory of a theological school (Usulism) that stressed the power of the clergy. This is well known. What is less well known is that there was a parallel development of authority in the Shaykhi school and its offshoot, the Babi sect. Here, especially in later forms of Babism, the Shi ite claim to charismatic authority reached its limits in hyperbolic attestations of divinity. The present text is in two parts: a study of how Shaykhism bifurcated into a form close to orthodoxy next to the highly unorthodox Babi movement. Part two examines how Babism changed after the death in 1850 of its founder, the B b.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
3
The Religious Background
9
Shaykh Ahmad alAhsäï
59
Sayyid Käzim Rashtï
107
From Shaykhism to Babism
139
Some Aspects of Early Bäbï Doctrine
173
Break with Shaykhism
203
PART TWO REFLECTIONS ON SHAYKHISM AND BABISM
251
NineteenthCentury Bäbï Talismans
537
Bäb Sayyed Alï Mohammad Shïräzï 1235181912661850 The Founder of Babism qv
559
Babism
573
Azalï Babism
591
Bäbï Schisms
597
Bayän declaration elucidation
599
Ahsäï Shaikh Ahmad B ZaynAlDïn 1166124117531826 Shiite älem and philosopher and unintending originator of the Shaykhï school of Shiism in ...
607
Cosmogony and Cosmology theories of the origins and structure of the universe
619

Changes in charismatic authority in Qajar Shiism
253
Early Shaykhï Reactions to the Bäb and his Claims
285
Hierarchy Authority and Eschatology in Early Bäbï Thought
325
Divisions and Authority Claims in Babism 18501866
369
Shiite Orthodoxy Confronts its Mirror Image
409
The Babi Concept of Holy War
451
Problems of Militancy Quietism and Conflation in the Construction of a Religion
495
Bäläsarï
625
The Cases of Shaykhism and Babism
631
the Bäbï and Bahäï Solutions to the Problem of Immutability
645
Bayäni Färsï Exordium Translation
659
Bibliography
705
Index
733
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Denis M. MacEoin, Ph.D. (1979) in Persian Studies, University of Cambridge has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University. His most recent work has been on radical Islam in the United Kingdom. His previous books include The Sources for Early Babi Doctrine and History.

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