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Emerging Patterns of Authority in Early Shiʿism: Mukhtar’s Use of the Aesthetics of Persuasion
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (Minoritet, identitet, autenticitet)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9963-8124
2019 (English)In: Shii Studies Review, ISSN 2468-2470, Vol. 3, p. 1-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study the author examines some aspects of authority in the movement of theShiʿite leader al-Mukhtār (d. 67/687). The notion of religious aesthetics as developedby Birgit Meyer is used as an analytical tool. It is argued that al-Mukhtār accomplishedhis political endeavour partly by introducing and controlling three “aesthetic forms”which functioned as “media” between the people and the deceased ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib:his claim to act on behalf of ʿAlī’s son Ibn al-Ḥanafiyya, whom he called al-mahdī, “therightly guided”; his call to revenge for the killing of ʿAlī’s son Ḥusayn; and his exhibitingof a chair that he claimed had belonged to ʿAlī. The accounts of these three media,the author furthermore argues, have an historical foundation. Finally he holds thatthrough these media al-Mukhtār was able to channel the needs and aspirations ofmany of the Shiites of Kufa into political action.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. Vol. 3, p. 1-32
Keywords [en]
Mukhtar, Shiʿism, authority, religious aesthetics, Mahdi
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History of Religions
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Intercultural Studies, Nutida shiitiska auktoritetsförhandlingar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-28464DOI: 10.1163/24682470-12340037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-28464DiVA, id: diva2:1245679
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Hängivenhet till Husayn i tidig shi'a-islam
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