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The history of Twelver Shīʿī Islam is a history of attempts to ‎deal with the ‎abrupt loss of the Imam. In Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-‎Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam, ‎Omid Ghaemmaghami demonstrates that in the early years of what came to be known as the Greater Occultation, Shīʿī authorities maintained that all contact with the Imam had been sundered, forcing him to remain incommunicado ‎until his (re)appearance‎. This position, however, proved ‎untenable to maintain. Almost a ‎century after the start of the Greater Occultation, prominent scholars ‎began to concede the ‎possibility that some Shīʿa can meet the Hidden Imam. Accounts of encounters with the Imam from the Greater Occultation soon began to appear, adumbrating their exponential growth in later centuries.
In: Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam
In: Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam
In: Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam
In: Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam
In: Mawlana Rumi Review

Abstract

This article presents an English translation of the Persian account by Farīdūn Sipahsālār from his treatise Risāla-yi Sipahsālār on the life of Mawlānā Rūmī, written about half a century after the poet’s death by an individual who was a member of his circle. This work therefore provides a relatively early, perhaps first-hand, devotional account in prose of the funeral of Rūmī. This passage is excerpted from a forthcoming translation of Sipahsālār’s treatise by Muhammad Isa Waley.

In: Mawlana Rumi Review
In: Mawlana Rumi Review