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MESSIANISM. In the sense of divine intervention in human history-through the appointment of a mahdi (rightly guided person) to deliver the people from tyranny and oppression at the End of Time-messianism is a salient feature of Islamic soteriology. Messianic expectations were part of the early Muslim belief in the prophet Muhammad as the dkhir al-zaman ("apostle of the End of Time"). In that eschatological position the Prophet was expected to usher humanity toward an ideal community with a unive ...more

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