12th Imam (a) (cont'd)



Shi'a Islam: Class 18
MP3 Format;
- common metaphors used to show purpose of the Imam while in occultation
- communication with the Imam through ruq'a (writings by the Imam), 'arida (writings from believers to the Imam), and visions
- role of the 12th Imam in Shi'i Sufi orders
- the signs preceding the re-emergence of the Imam, and the details of his reappearance
- the appearance of As-Sufyani and his eventual defeat
- different Shi'i opinions on raja' (the partial resurrection of a few during the re-emergence of the 12th Imam)

Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA
8th November, 2001
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