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Political-Social Movements: Millenarian: South Asia
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Islam, as a religion of revelation, began as an apocalyptic movement anticipating the Day of Judgment, and retains apocalyptic and millennial elements to this day, especially in Shia theology, but also in many forms of popular religiosity. In particular, the mujaddid tradition, that foresees a “renewer” at every century turn (A.H.), appears to constitute – before the century has turned – a form of apocalyptic messianic expectation in the coming of the hidden Mahdī. South Asian Islam, however, in comparison with other parts of the worl…

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Ansari, Sarah, “Political-Social Movements: Millenarian: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0132a>
First published online: 2009

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