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Bashīriyya, an extremist sect of Wāqifī Shiʿis who were inclined towards the doctrine of tafwīḍ—according to which God had entrusted the care of the creation of the world to the Imams—and held unusual views about Mūsā al-Kāẓim. Their doctrine, which originated from the Kūfan mystic, Muḥammad b. Bashīr (or Bushayr), the eponymous founder of the Bashīriyya (or Bashariyya) (see Halm, 215, 235–239), may have been formed prior to the death of Mūsā al-Kāẓim, the son of Jaʿfar al-…

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Khani, Hamed and Negahban, Farzin, “Bashīriyya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 18 July 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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