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Mahdis and Millenarians
Shiite Extremists in Early Muslim Iraq

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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521178372

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  • Mahdis and Millenarians is a discussion of Shiite groups in eighth- and ninth-century Iraq and Iran, whose ideas reflected a mixture of indigenous non-Muslim religious teachings and practices in Iraq in the early centuries of Islamic rule. It demonstrates the period's fluidity of religious boundaries. Particular attention is given to the millenarian expectations and the revolutionary political activities of these sects. Specifically, it seeks to define the term 'millenarian', to explain how these groups reflect that definition, and to show how they need to be seen in a much larger context than Shiite or even Muslim history. The author concentrates, therefore, on the historical-sociological role of these movements. The thesis of the study is that they were the first revolutionary chiliastic groups in Islamic history and, combined with the later influence of some of their doctrines, contributed to the teachings of a number of subsequent Shiite or quasi-Shiite sectarian groups.

    • A study of Shiite history – at the time of publication was only book in English to focus on these particular Shiite sects
    • Provides a study of medieval Iraq
    • For scholars of Middle Eastern and Islamic history, religion, and those interested in millenarism
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521178372
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    William F. Tucker, University of Arkansas

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