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Bazīghiyya, an extremist Shiʿi group, which takes its name from Bazīgh b. Mūsā (d. probably before 148/765). Some accounts say that Bazīgh b. Mūsā was the leader of the group (al-Kashshī, 304; al-Qummī, 52) and that his father’s name was Yūnus (Abū Tammām, 112; al-Khʷārazmī, 50).

According to heresiographical sources, a group of the Khaṭṭābiyya—followers of the ‘exaggerator’ (ghālī, pl. ghulāt) Abū al-Khaṭṭāb al-Asadī (q.v. ‘Abū al-Khaṭṭāb’)—were considered to be supporters of Bazīgh b. Mūsā’s ideas and religious doctrines. They believed that Imam Jaʿfar…

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Ansari, Hassan and Khaleeli, Alexander, “Bazīghiyya”, 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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