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The ʿAlidsThe First Family of Islam, 750-1200$
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Teresa Bernheimer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638475

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638475.001.0001

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The Niqāba, the Headship of the ʿAlid Family

The Niqāba, the Headship of the ʿAlid Family

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The ʿAlids

Teresa Bernheimer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of the ʻAlids as the First Family of Islam through an examination of the niqāba, ‘the headship’ of the ʻAlid family. It focuses on the still little-understood origins and functions of the office, as well as the extent of a naqīb's power, his autonomy from the authorities, and his duties towards the ʻAlids.

Keywords:   ʻAlids, niqāba, Islam, family, Islamic society

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