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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
E . religious leader), a name given to any Mohammedan fanatic who arises in the interest of the Mohammedan faith, summons the Moslems to war, and leads them to repel the infidel; a kind of Mohammed Messiah armed with the sword for the conquest of the world to the faith.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Mahdi'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/mahdi.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.