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Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis
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Table of Contents

Preface

1 EARLY LIFE

Birth and Childhood

Religious Wandering

Dreams in Khwarazm

Sabzavar

The Rise to Social Prominence

2 ENLIGHTENMENT

Marriage

Dream Interpretation in Tabriz

Enlightenment

Accepting the Mission

Political Ambitions

3 DEATH

Timur-i Lang

Arrest

Last Will and Testament

Execution

4 COSMOS AND HUMANITY

The Macrocosm

The Microcosm

Cosmic Time

5 APOCALYPSE, LANGUAGE, AND SALVATION

Religious Linguistics

The Science of Letters

From Arabic to Persian

Operations on Letters

Letters and Physical Reality

Abbreviations and New Characters

The Wages of Apocalypticism

6 SHRINE AND SUCCESSORS

The Shrine

A Split Community

The Second Coming

Major Disciples

Attack on Mirza Shahrukh (1427)

Uprisings in Isfahan and Tabriz

Attempt to Convert the Ottoman Mehmet the Conqueror

Summary

7 LEGACY

Iran

India

The Ottoman Empire

Modern Interpretations

Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book

APPENDIX: Hurufi Literature

Further Reading

Index

About the Author

Shazad Bashir is Assistant Professor of Religion at Carleton College in Minnesota.

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