Terms and names to memorize
Terms from the text's glossary with which you should be familiar
[note: letters in brackets represent variant spellings]
Terms not in the book's glossary, but with which you should be familiar
Inhabitants of the spirit world who can be either good or bad. They are capable of assuming human or animal shapes as needed to meddle in human affairs.
=Messiah. In Shi'i traditions the 12th Imam will come out of hiding in the eschatological age as Mahdi. However, Muhammad said, "There is no mahdi but Jesus, the son of Mary."
"The learned". Trained Islamic teachers, scholars & legal experts. Clergy in the Shi'i tradition.
Name of Medina before the city was renamed "City of the Prophet" in honor of Muhammad.
Names you should know
Dates to remember
Birth of Muhammad (approximate)
Death of Muhammad
Assassination of Ali
Last Modified 11/02/01
by Alan Humm