International Quds Day: Re-emergence of a Unifying Social Order for the Ummah

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This paper was initially presented to the Conference Secretariat of the Third International Conference on the Doctrine of Mahdism in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on August 25-26, 2007, under the title of “The Islamic Iran’s Declaration of International Quds Day and the Advent of the Mahdi (‘atfs)” and is being reprinted here with the author’s permission.

Through the examination of internet sources, the paper surveys the present status of Quds Day, which seems to have gained momentum both qualitatively and quantitatively, overcoming ethnic and sectarian boundaries.