• The Jawidan-Nama-yi Kabir  ('Great Book of Eternity') was the magnum opus of Fadlallah Astarabadi (d. 796 AH/1394 CE) and provided the basis of the Hurufi movement. Today it is one of the most important known texts belonging to the mystical and messianic current that became particularly active in Iran and Anatolia following the Mongol rule. It illuminates the contemporary reconfiguration of religious and political authority along messianic and charismatic lines that took place in the Islamic East, which arguably contributed to the rise and consolidation of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal dynasties. Words of Power is the first comprehensive study of Fadlallah's seminal work. Orkhan Mir-Kasimov summarises Fadlallah's biography, charts the history of the Hurufi movement, contextualises the Jawidan-Nama within Islamic intellectual history, and considers its lasting impact in the Muslim world.

  • Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov

    Dr Mir-Kasimov is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Academic Research and Publications. He also teaches on the IIS graduate programmes (GPISH & STEP). He is an Associate Member of Higher Education Academy . He obtained his doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris. In 2003 he was the recipient of IIS’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship. His dissertation was devoted to the reconstruction of the doctrinal views of the Hurufis , one of the messianic movements strongly influenced by Shi‘i ideas which was influential in Iran and Anatolia in 14th and 15th...Read more