Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis

Shahzad Bashir

Captures the achievements of this Sufi thinker and founder of the Gnostic Hurufism
Hardback
9781851683857 (23 May 2005)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Fazlallah Astarabadi was a 14th-century Islamic religious leader who believed that the world was about to come to an end. This book is the first comprehensive study of Astarabadi's life and thought and also offer a history of his movement. It emphasizes the diversity of medieval Islam by describing an apocalyptic movement founded on the idea that the cosmos contains embedded secrets that become manifest through extraordinary human beings.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Shahzad Bashir is Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College in Minnesota. His published works include Messianic Hope and Mystical Visions: The Nurbakhshiya between Medieval and Modern Islam.

Reviews

"This is an excellent introduction"

- International Journal of Middle East Studies

Table of Contents

Preface

 

1 EARLY LIFE

Birth and Childhood

Religious Wandering

Dreams in Khwarazm

Sabzavar

The Rise to Social Prominence

 

2 ENLIGHTENMENT

Marriage

Dream Interpretation in Tabriz

Enlightenment

Accepting the Mission

Political Ambitions

 

3 DEATH

Timur-i Lang

Arrest

Last Will and Testament

Execution

 

4 COSMOS AND HUMANITY

The Macrocosm

The Microcosm

Cosmic Time

 

5 APOCALYPSE, LANGUAGE, AND SALVATION

Religious Linguistics

The Science of Letters

From Arabic to Persian

Operations on Letters

Letters and Physical Reality

Abbreviations and New Characters

The Wages of Apocalypticism

 

6 SHRINE AND SUCCESSORS

The Shrine

A Split Community

The Second Coming

Major Disciples

Attack on Mirza Shahrukh (1427)

Uprisings in Isfahan and Tabriz

Attempt to Convert the Ottoman Mehmet the Conqueror

Summary

 

7 LEGACY

Iran

India

The Ottoman Empire

Modern Interpretations

Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book

 

APPENDIX: Hurufi Literature

 

Further Reading

Index