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Political-Social Movements: Millenarian: Turkey
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The concept of the millennium was transformed in the Islamic world under the influence of remnants of Central Eastern and Judeo-Christian mythology into a type of Messianism known as Mahdism.

In Turkish history, from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, there were a number of Mahdist uprisings, two of which, the Bābāʾī revolt in 1240 in the Seljuk period and the Shaykh Badr al-Dīn revolt in 1416 in the Ottoman period, were of particular importance as regards both their immediate and subsequent effects. Apart from these…

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Ocak, Ahmet Yaşar, “Political-Social Movements: Millenarian: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0132b>
First published online: 2009

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