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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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Actualising the End: The Nizari Declaration of the Resurrection

Actualising the End: The Nizari Declaration of the Resurrection

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(p.109) 7 Actualising the End: The Nizari Declaration of the Resurrection
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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/9780748690886.003.0008

This chapter provides a historical overview and analysis of the Nizari Ismaili declaration of the Resurrection (qiyāma) on August 8, 1164. It argues that this declaration cannot be dismissed as an aberrant manifestation of antinomianism. Rather, it shows how the deployment of apocalyptic symbolism provided a theological framework for the transfer of authority from hidden to present imam. This transfer of authority provided a resolution to three logistical problems facing the Nizari community.

Keywords:   Qiyāma, Nizari, Ḥasan Ṣabbaḥ, Ḥasan ʿalā dhikrihi al-salām

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