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Dawr, a term denoting a historical cycle in the Ismaili conception of sacred history. The Ismailis divided religious history into seven adwār (pl. of dawr), assigned to all but the last one of the law-giving prophets who are mentioned in the Qurʾān. The Ismaili idea of cyclical history is further elaborated in connection with their views about the imamate (see below).


A cyclical view of history is found in the teachings …

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Abdolhamid Moradi, “Dawr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036068>
First published online: 2017

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