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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 God’s 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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SHAHZAD BASHIR is an assistant professor of religion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Born in Pakistan and educated at Amherst College and Yale University, Bashir now lives in Northfield.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Religion (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570034958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570034954
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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This book provides a fascinating look into the life and teaching of Muhammad Nurbaksh an adept of the Kubravi order ( an order famous for it's focus on the visionary experience of various colored lights along the stations of the Sufi path ) , Shi'ite , and claimant to the title of Mahdi. Shahzad Bashir provides a good introduction to the concept of Mahdi in general (looking both into the Sunni and the various Shi'ite teachings regarding the subject) as well. It also discusses some of the other claimants to the title such as Fazlallah Astrabadi the founder of the Hurufi movement. If you have an interest in the more "unorthodox" streams of Shi'ite thought, Messianism, and Sufism then buying this book is a no brainer. Get it!
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Messianic Hopes And Mystical Visions: The Nurbakhshiya Between Medieval And Modern Islam by Shahzad Bashir (Assistant Professor of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota) is an impressively in-depth study of the Nurbakhshiya sect of Islam, which originated in fifteenth-century Iran and survives to the modern day in Pakistan and India. From a detailed biography of founder Muhammad Nurbakhsh (d. 1464); to the world view of this Islamic sect; to its eventual transplantation into Kashmir, Messianic Hopes And Mystical Visions is a meticulous and scholarly account which is a very highly recommended contribution for Islamic studies reference shelves and reading lists.
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