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Abstract:
Overview of the Shi'i doctrine of occultation, or the "Hidden Imam," and how this idea evolved into a principle of salvation: historical background; hidden God / sealed prophecy; theodicy and law; rationalization. Contains no mention of the Bahá'í Faith.
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The Consolation of Theology:
Absence of the Imam and Transition from Chiliasm to Law in Shi'ism

by Said Amir Arjomand

published in Journal of Religion, 76:4, pages 548-571
University of Chicago, 1996
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