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Nineteenth-century Bābī talismans

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One of the chief features of early Babism is the remarkable combination within the same movement of elements from both popular and official religion. The members of the original core group of converts centred around Sayyid ʿAlī Muḥammad Shīrāzī, the Bāb, from the spring of 1844, were all middle- or low-ranking ʿulamāʾ recruited exclusively from the ranks of the semi-heterodox Shaykhī school, to which the Bāb himself was affiliated. It is clear from some early Bābī writings that a major preoccupation of many of those who accepted the claims of Shīrāzī was the possibility of dispensing with rational proofs or knowledge in religious matters.

Keywords: Bābī nineteenth-century; talismans



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