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Mahdis and Millenarians, Extremist Shiites
Mahdis and Millenarians, Extremist Shiites
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Details: Mahdis and Millenarians, Shi'ah Extremists in Early Muslim Iraq,
Paperback - 206 pages,
by William F. Tucker.
Published by Cambridge University Press.

Description :

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.

  • *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

Extract from the Introduction : In order to gain a clearer understanding of the conditions that led to the emergence of the sects that form the subject of this study, it is necessary to examine briefly the nature of Umayyad rule in Iraq and especially the problems at Kufa and its surroundings. Beginning with the reign of the Umayyad dynastic founder, Mu'awiya ibn Abı Sufyan, may Allah be pleased with him, the ruling circles in Damascus experienced hostility and intransigence on the part of many of the inhabitants of Iraq. Anti-Umayyad outbreaks became a permanent feature of the Iraqi milieu. These movements of protest stemmed from problems of assimilation with non-Arabs, religious conflicts, and social stratification and polarization in Kufa.

The economic and social grievances associated with stratification were particularly bitter and troublesome for those seeking to govern Iraq. It was inevitable that the situation resulting from prolonged struggle would, in the long run, serve only to increase the obstinacy of the Iraqis, on the one hand, and the severity of the Umayyad rulers, on the other.

Table of Contents :

---Acknowledgments page vii
---Preface xiii
---Introduction: Historical Background Umayyad
---Rule 1

---[1] Earlier Movements 9,
---[2] Bay'an ibn Sam'an and the Bayaniyya 34,
---[3] Al-Mugh'ıra ibn Sa'ıd and the Mughıriyya 52,
---[4] Ab'u Mans'ur al- Ijl'ı and the Mansuriyya 71,
---[5] Abd All'ah ibn Mu'awiya and the Janahiyya 88,
---[6] Influence and Significance of the Four Sects 109,
---Conclusion 133.

---Epilogue 138,
---Bibliography 143,
---Index 167.

The author: William F. Tucker is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arkansas and holds an A.B. degree in European history from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in Balkan and Middle East history, and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history, the last two from Indiana University. He has authored multiple articles and book chapters on Sh'ıism, Kurds, Mamluk history, and the history of natural disasters in the Middle East between 600 and 1800.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 04 November, 2013.