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MULLABASHI. An institution designating a high religious functionary in Shi'i Islam, which seems to have come into usage toward the very end of the Safavid period (1501-1722), and slowly disapeared in the nineteenth century, mullabashi was intended to replace the more-established term Shaykh al-Islam, but it did not succeed in doing so. A passing reference to it is encountered as late as 1906 (Arjomand, 1988, p. 92). The term itself comes from a Perso-Arabic word, mulld ("mullah", a Muslim clergy ...more

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