This chapter presents some final thoughts. This book examined how the ʻAlids attained and extended their special status from the ʻAbbāsid Revolution of 132/750 to the end of the fifth/eleventh century, the crucial period in the formation of ʻAlidism. With the rise of their ʻAbbāsid cousins to the caliphate, the ʻAlids began to delineate ever more clearly what it meant to be part of the kinsfolk of the Prophet Muʻammad. There is no other family in the history of Islam, perhaps in the history of any civilisation that has left more traces for historians to uncover.
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