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n. pl. Mah·dis Islam
a. The messiah prophesied to appear at the world's end and establish a reign of peace and righteousness.
b. In Twelver Shia belief, the 12th imam, who is expected to emerge from occultation to fulfill this role.
2. A person who claims to be or is seen as the messiah.

[Arabic mahdī, rightly guided one, Mahdi, passive participle of hadā, to lead; see hdy in Semitic roots.]

Mah′dism n.
Mah′dist n.


the belief in Mahdi, the Muslim spiritual guide who, on Judgment Day, will lead the faithful to salvation. — Mahdist, n.
See also: Islam
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Noun1.Mahdism - belief in the appearance of the Mahdi; devotion to a Mahdi
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
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This rule under Mohammed Ali Pasha continued until it was knocked down by the Mahdism revolutionaries in 1885.
Kefeli, meanwhile, underlines the Naqshbandi shaykhs' mobilizing power among both the Muslim Tatar and the baptized communities by means of two Islamic concepts, jihad (a continuous struggle on the path of God) and Mahdism (an apocalyptic myth) (30-31).
My personal research specializations are Islamic eschatology (end of time beliefs), Mahdism, Islamic fundamentalism, jihadism, the Hidden Imam and how all of these relate to modern politics.
The declaration of the rap singer Najafi as an apostate by the Iranian government, and the passing of a death fatwa against him for singing a song regarded as criticizing Shiite Mahdism and the Shiite government of Iran, are given as recent examples by the author.
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Moreover, his Mahdism, at least as it appears in this text, was focused on the Christian advance on Jerusalem and might have been motivated by the ongoing pressure from Christians on the Iberian peninsula rather than on reform of the Islamic community.
This productive contradiction at the heart of Mahdism proved to be the Achilles heel of the movement once it transformed into a state.
He regarded this as a betrayal of Mahdism and an act of defiance to his authority.
Sufism, Mahdism and nationalism; Limamou Laye and the Layennes of Senegal.
Salehi made the comments at the 8th International Conference on the Doctrine of Mahdism, which was held in Tehran on Thursday with the presence of senior Iranian political and religious figures.
Fearful of the Sufi religious orders (tariqah) and the possibility of a resurgent Mahdism, the colonial powers opposed mystical Islam and sponsored rival religious orders, exacerbating antagonisms, particularly between the Ansar and Khatmiyya.
Mahdism has thus been for centuries the inveterate enemy of Shiism, and the Twelvers have proven exceptionally talented at suppressing this enemy.