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Black Pilgrimage to Islam$
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Robert Dannin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300246.001.0001

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The Diplomacy of Missionaries and Sheiks

The Diplomacy of Missionaries and Sheiks

(p.35) 2 The Diplomacy of Missionaries and Sheiks
Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

The imported Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, founded during the same period as the emergence of Noble Drew Ali’s Moorish Science Temple, was established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1888. Because Ahmad believed that he was destined by the Holy Quran to be the “Promised Messiah” and “redeemer”, he was able to introduce contemporary evangelical measures into the Islamic dawa through inscribing the nature of Christian missions to the Indian culture. Brought about by Ahmad’s attempt to translate the doctrines of the Quran, the Ahmadiyya Movement was perceived to be unconventionally modern in terms of cultural and religious pluralism. Aside from introducing Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation of the Quran, this chapter looks into the missions of sheiks and missionaries and how these were carried out.

Keywords:   Ahmadiyya Movement, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Promised Messiah, redeemer, Christian missions, Indian culture, Muhammad Ali, Quran, translation

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