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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire$
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Jamel A. Velji

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748690886

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.001.0001

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A Spiritual Progression to a New Eschatological Centre: The Taʾwīl al-daʿāʾim on the Hajj

A Spiritual Progression to a New Eschatological Centre: The Taʾwīl al-daʿāʾim on the Hajj

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(p.97) 6 A Spiritual Progression to a New Eschatological Centre: The Taʾwīl al-daʿāʾim on the Hajj
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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire
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Jamel A. Velji

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.003.0007

There exists a rich tradition in Islamic history of exegetes who have provided symbolic interpretations to the rituals associated with the hajj. Chapter six focuses specifically on how al-Nuʿmān’s taʾwīl of hajj rituals provided a symbolic framework for creating the imam as utopian centre. Through the infusion of these rituals with symbolic correlates, this chapter also illustrates how al-Nuʿmān’s taʾwīl displaced the immediacy of an expected utopia as well as the arrival of the eschatological figure in part by linking these rituals to the arrival of another figure, al-qāʾim. The performance of the hajj, like the performance of many rituals in al-Nuʿmān’s taʾwīl, becomes at once a rehearsal of a revised notion of sacred history; the embodying of awaited mahdist expectation; and a reaffirmation of the Fatimid hierarchy.

Keywords:   Qāḍī l-Nuʿmān, Taʾwīl al-dāʿāʾim, Ritual, Taʾwīl, Hajj

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