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Akhund

Akhund  

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A word of disputed etymology, generally accepted to mean “religious leader.” In Pahlavi Iran (1925–79), the word came to have a pejorative connotation; in the government-sanctioned press there, the ...
Mawlā

Mawlā  

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Protector, master. Also mawlau. From Arabic waliya, “to be close to,” “to have power over.” Has entered a number of languages as a loan word (e.g., Persian mullah). Can have reciprocal meanings ...
Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad al-Tāqī al-Majlisī

Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad al-Tāqī al-Majlisī  

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(1628–99 (ah 1038–1111).Leading Shiʿite theologian (ʿalim, see ʿulamā), whose opinions became a formative influence on the development of Twelver Shiʿite (Ithna ʿAshariyya) practice and organization. ...
Vahid Bihbahānī

Vahid Bihbahānī  

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1706–92 (ah 1118–1207).Shiʿite scholar and definer of the Uṣūlī system of jurisprudence. In contrast to the traditionalist Akhbārīs (who required precedent for all decisions), he recognized the ...

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