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Sarkār Āḳā
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(p.), a term used for a number of heterodox religious leaders within the broad S̲h̲īʿī tradition. It appears to have originated in the 19th century, possibly in recognition of links between the title’s bearers and the Ḳād̲j̲ār court. The title (meaning something like “lord and chief”) was used for the first Āḳā K̲h̲ān (Ḥasan ʿAlī S̲h̲āh, 1804-81 [q.v.] and several of his successors, as heads of the Nizārī Ismāīʿlīs (sometimes as Sarkār Āḳā K̲h̲ān); it is, however, not in current use. Leaders of the S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ī branch of the Twelver S̲h̲īʿa [see s̲h̲ayk̲h̲iyya ] have been termed “Sarkār…

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MacEoin, D., “Sarkār Āḳā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6648>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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