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Messianic Hopes and Mystical Visions: The Nurbakhshiya Between Medieval and Modern Islam (Studies in Comparative Religion (Hardcover)) Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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"As with the history of other messianic movements, that of the Nurbakhshya encapsulates the generation, unfolding, and preservation of hope in a resplendent future stemming from faith in a person seen as the bearer of an extraordinary universal mission. In the Islamic context, the eventual root of such a faith is the idea that the divine being designates living persons to call humanity to his true will. The Muslim messiah demands to be accepted as the spokesman of Gods wishes in the manner of earlier divinely appointed prophets. Nu-rbakhsh clearly saw himself as a part of the elect group of humanity chosen by God to represent him, and his followers have continued to believe in this idea in more or less attenuated forms to the present day."
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