The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam
A Historical Background
By Jassim M. Hussain
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family, told how one of his family, al-Mahdi, would come to fill the earth with justice and equity after it shall have been filled with injustice. This book “Occultation of the Twelfth Imam” establishes that this awaited Imam was the Twelfth Shi’ite Imam who was forced to live in hiding and who went into occultation to return when the signs related in Hadith had been fulfilled.
Dr. Hussain comprehensively presents the historical background which led up to the Imam’s occultation from the time of Jafar al-Sadiq the sixth Imam, peace be on him. He offers the evidence concerning the Twelfth Imam’s occultation and his being the Qa’im al-Mahdi, citing all the well known and established texts. The work is without doubt the most complete reference book on the subject in the English language.
Dr Jassim M Hussain is a specialist in Islamic history. He has studied Middle Eastern History in Basrah, Baghdad and Edinburgh. He obtained his doctorate in Edinburgh University, and has since then been a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies of Edinburgh University.
The Muhammadi Trust