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Al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī, (born January 626, Medina, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia]—died Oct. 10, 680, Karbalāʾ, Iraq), Shīʿite Muslim hero, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and son of ʿAlī (the fourth Islamic caliph) and Fāṭima, daughter of Muhammad. He is revered by Shīʿite Muslims as the third imam (after ʿAlī and Ḥusayn’s older brother, Ḥasan). After the assassination of their father, ʿAlī, Ḥasan and Ḥusayn acquiesced to the rule of the first Umayyad caliph, Muʿāwiya, from whom they received pensions. Ḥusayn, however, refused to recognize the legitimacy of Muʿāwiya’s son and successor, Yazīd (April 680). Ḥusayn was then invited by the townsmen of Kūfah, a city with a Shīʿite majority, to come there and raise the standard of revolt against the Umayyads. After receiving some favourable indications, Ḥusayn set out for Kūfah with a small band of relatives and followers. Full Article...

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WikiHussain is a collaborative online encyclopedia which brings together available resources from around the world to provide the most reliable collection of information on the web on the topic of the third Imam, Hussain ibn Ali. The organization initially kicked off in Spring 2016, with Farsi as its initial language. It is hoped that with the cooperation of all those who are interested in this topic, more academic and high0standard resources are converged into making the most reliable and inclusive encyclopedia about Hussain ibn Ali and related topics. Available entries are selected based on their relation to the topic, their quality of content, and their authors. Enhancing the quality of the content and adding to the languages are some of the top goals in production of this encyclopedia. Full Article...

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Featured Book ImageAn Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon by witer lara deeb. Lara Deeb in this book successfully argues that Islamism is not static or monolithic, and that Islam and modernity are entirely compatible. Based on two years of ethnographic research in the southern suburbs of Beirut, An Enchanted Modern demonstrates that Islam and modernity are not merely compatible, but actually go hand-in-hand. Full Article...