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Dahriyya
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, or ahl al-dahr, a designation referring to those thinkers who putatively uphold various materialistic and atheistic opinions and trends. They are seen, by those framing the designation, as disbelievers inasmuch as they believe that Time (dahr or maniyya), understood as ineluctable Fate, alone dictates all things in the cosmos. There is little evidence of specific groups or individuals adhering to this philosophy; rather, it appears to have been a convenient typological category used by heresiographers to stigmatise those deemed to…

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Tareh. Masoud, Shah-Kazemi, Reza, Asatryan, Mushegh and Khaleeli, Alexander, “Dahriyya”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 16 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_05000106>



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