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Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam: Qur'an, Exegesis, Messianism and the Literary Origins of the Babi Religion (Iranian Studies)

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Of the several works on the rise and development of the Babi movement, especially those dealing with the life and work of its founder, Sayyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi, few deal directly with the compelling and complex web of mysticism, theology and philosophy found in his earliest compositions.

This book examines the Islamic roots of the Babi religion, (and by extension the later Baha i faith which developed out of it), through the Qur anic commentaries of the Bab and sheds light on its relationship to the wider religious milieu and its profound debt to esoteric Islam, especially Shi'ism. Todd Lawson places the two earliest writings of the Bab within the diverse contexts necessary to understand them, in order to explain why these writings made sense to and inspired his followers. He delves into the history of the tafsir (Qur an commentary) genre of Islamic scholarship, situates these early writings in the Akhbari, Sufi and most importantly Shaykhi traditions of Islam. In the process, he identifies both the continuities and discontinuities between these works and earlier works of Shi i tafsir, helping us appreciate significant elements of the Bab 's thought and claims.

Filling an important gap in the existing literature on the Babi movement, this book will be of greatest interest to students and scholars of Qur'an commentary, Mysticism, Shi'ism, the modern history of Iran and messianism.

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Ali Muhammad (1819-50) is best known as "the Bb," founder of the Baha'i religion, and though his life and theology have been extensively studied, Lawson (Near and Middle Eastern civilization, U. of Toronto) notes that his interpretation of the Qur'an has not attracted much scholarly attention. He examines in detail two commentaries on the Qur'an that the Bab wrote early in his career, showing how the ideas he expressed then underlie or influence his later thinking. His topics are commentary and imitation, voices of the text, renewal of covenant, and the metaleptic Joseph. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This book examines the Islamic roots of the Baha'i faith through the Qur'anic studies of the Bab (Siyyad Ali Muhammad). It sheds light on both the development of the Babi movement and the continuities and discontinuities with Shi'i Islam.

Synopsis:

Of the several works on the rise and development of the Babi movement, especially those dealing with the life and work of its founder, Sayyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi, few deal directly with the compelling and complex web of mysticism, theology and philosophy found in his earliest compositions. This book examines the Islamic roots of the Bahaa (TM)i faith through the Qura (TM)anic studies of the Bab (Siyyad Ali Muhammad) and sheds light on its relationship to the wider religious milieu and its profound debt to esoteric Islam, especially Shi'ism. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Qur'an Commentary, Mysticism, Shi'ism, the modern history of Iran, comparative apocalyptic and messianism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415495394
Publisher:
Routledge
Subject:
Baha' i
Author:
Lawson Todd
Author:
Lawson, Todd
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Bahai Faith
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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"Synopsis" by , This book examines the Islamic roots of the Baha'i faith through the Qur'anic studies of the Bab (Siyyad Ali Muhammad). It sheds light on both the development of the Babi movement and the continuities and discontinuities with Shi'i Islam.
"Synopsis" by , Of the several works on the rise and development of the Babi movement, especially those dealing with the life and work of its founder, Sayyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi, few deal directly with the compelling and complex web of mysticism, theology and philosophy found in his earliest compositions. This book examines the Islamic roots of the Bahaa (TM)i faith through the Qura (TM)anic studies of the Bab (Siyyad Ali Muhammad) and sheds light on its relationship to the wider religious milieu and its profound debt to esoteric Islam, especially Shi'ism. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Qur'an Commentary, Mysticism, Shi'ism, the modern history of Iran, comparative apocalyptic and messianism.
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