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Development of the Bábí movement and the political implications of its religious teachings, as seen in its shift from purely religious dissent to political dissent.
Thesis for Master of Arts degree in the department Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University under the supervision of Todd Lawson.

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The Babi Movement in Iran:
From Religious Dissent to Political Revolt, 1844

by Ahmad Nur Fuad

Abstract: This thesis is a study of the development of the Babi movement and the political implications embodied in its religious teachings. The thesis basically assumes that in its early development (1844-1848), the movement may be seen merely as religiously dissenting from the mainstream of Shi’i tradition. In the course of history, however, and especially after the Bab, its founder, claimed in 1848 to be the return of the Hidden Imam and proclaimed the abrogation of Qur'anic shari'a, the Babi movement showed radical tendencies, thus threatening the established religious and political authorities. This later development (1848-1853) was characterized by armed revolts by the Babis against the government troops. This thesis also examines the nature of Bábi religious dissent and demonstrate that the Bábi revolts were to a large extent based on religious motives.
Click to download: fuad_babi_movement_iran.pdf [10 MB].
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