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Messianism and Puritanical Reform: Mahdis of the Muslim West (Mercedes Garcia-Arenal) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004150515
Messianism and Puritanical Reform: Mahdis of the Muslim West (Mercedes Garcia-Arenal) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004150515
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Title: Messianism and Puritanical Reform: Mahdis of the Muslim West

Author: Garcia-Arenal, Mercedes

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004150515

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 396

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This is a book about revolutionary movements of a messianic and millenarian character, led by a "mahdi", in Islamic terms, a charismatic messianic leader. It also addresses the question of mediation between God and men and the political repercussions of this question in the history of the pre-Modern Muslim West. Mahdism is considered in relation to sufi ideas, terminology and symbols which shape notions of authority and of legitimate power when claiming direct, intimate contact between the holy and the divine. The relationship between mahdism and the legitimacy of power, the process by which the messianic paradigm becomes inseparable from the claim to the caliphate are amply discussed. The contents of the book range from the times of the Muslim conquest of North Africa and Iberia, to the first part of the XVIIth century with the end of Muslim Iberia and the beginnings of European intervention in Morocco.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroductionChapter One. The Time of the Prophets. The Conversion of the Maghreb to IslamChapter Two. The Rise of the Fa+imid DynastyChapter Three. Berber Prophets and Messianic Rebels in Muslim SpainChapter Four. The Contribution of Legalism to Mahdism: Rigour, Censorship, ViolenceChapter Five. The Contribution of Sufism to Mahdism: Prophethood and GraceChapter Six. The Almohad Revolution and the Mahdi Ibn TumartChapter Seven. Mahdism after the AlmohadsChapter Eight. The Marinids and SharifismChapter Nine. The Rise of the Sa'did DynastyChapter Ten. Amad al-Man�ur al-DhahabiChapter Eleven. The last Spanish Muslims: Messianic prophetism among the MoriscosChapter Twelve. Ibn Abi Ma'alli and his adversariesConcluding RemarksSources and BibliographyIndex
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