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Imāmzāda, shrine and pilgrimage
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Imāmzāda (Pers., lit. Imām-descendant) designates descendants of the Twelver Shīʿī Imāms as well as the shrine believed to be a descendant’s tomb. An imāmzāda is held to be a saint-like figure bestowed with the privilege of mediating God’s blessing to supplicants when they visit his or her tomb. The tombs are therefore popular destination for the pilgrimage known as ziyāra (“visitation”; Meri, Ziyāra). The saint’s mediating privilege builds on his or her genealogy, renown, piety, and, sometimes, miraculous powers. In orthodox Shīʿī theology, imāmzādas are not accorded the same…

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Flaskerud, Ingvild, “Imāmzāda, shrine and pilgrimage”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32438>
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