Millennialism and Violence: The Attempted Assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah of Iran by the Babis in 1852

  title={Millennialism and Violence: The Attempted Assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah of Iran by the Babis in 1852},
  author={Moojan Momen},
  journal={Nova Religio},
  • M. Momen
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Nova Religio
The association of millennialist movements with violence has been a subject of much study following recent high-profile events. This article examines a case of millennialism and violence that occurred just over 150 years ago. It tracks the events leading to the attempted assassination of Nasir al-Din Shah of Iran in 1852 by a small group of followers of the religion of the Bab, a religious leader who claimed to fulfill the prophecies of Shi9i Islam about the coming of the Imam Mahdi. The… Expand
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