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(A. pl. ādwar ), “revolution, period”; the periodic movement of the stars, often coupled with kawr (pl. akwār ), “great period” (see Risāla no. 35 of the Rasāʾil Ik̲h̲wān al-Ṣafāʾ [q.v.]: Fi’l-adwār wa ’l-akwār ). In the doctrines of the extreme S̲h̲īʿī sects, the period of manifestation or concealment of God or the secret wisdom.

The Ismāʿīliyya [q.v.]; According to the earliest Ismāʿīlī doctrine, history is composed of seven adwār of seven “speaking” ( nāṭiḳ ) prophets, each of whom reveals a new religious law ( s̲h̲arīʿa ): Adam Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muḥammad and the Ma…

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Halm, H., “Dawr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8466>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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