• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mahdi (Islam) a messianic leader who (according to popular Muslim belief) will appear before the end of the world and restore justice and religion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mahdi Among Mohammedans, the last imam or leader of the faithful. The Sunni, the largest sect of the Mohammedans, believe that he is yet to appear.☞ The title has been taken by several persons in countries where Mohammedanism prevails, -- notably by Mohammad Ahmed, who overran the Egyptian Sudan, and in 1885 captured Khartum, his soldiers killing General Gordon, an Englishman, who was then the Egyptian governor of the region.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Mahdi According to Mohammedan belief, a spiritual and temporal ruler destined to appear on earth during the last days. Some sects hold that the Mahdi has appeared, and in concealment awaits the time of his manifestation. There have been a number of pretended Mahdis, of whom the latest of importance was the chief whose armed followers resisted the advance of the British troops into the Sudan in 1884-85, and overthrew the Egyptian power in that region, which they continued to hold. The belief apparently grew out of the Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mahdi mä′dē the great leader of the faithful Mohammedans, who is to appear in the last days—one pretended Mahdi overthrew the Egyptian power in the Soudan in 1884-85
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar., guide, leader


In literature:

Abdullah the Taaisha gave out as widely as he could that he meant actual business and dying if necessary at the Mahdi's tomb.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
He had conquered the Mahdi, where many had failed to do so.
"Lord Kitchener" by G. K. Chesterton
Matters remained very much in this state until the Mahdi's capture of the important town of El Obeid.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume II" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
The Mahdi's forces grew apace, for there existed plenty of material in the way of recruits.
"General Gordon" by Seton Churchill
It was a greater wonder than the Mahdi could perform; still it was not a miracle.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The Mahdi Mahommed Ahmed was a native of Dongola.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The year 1883 brought a great accession of power to the mahdi, who had captured about 20,000 rifles, 19 guns and large stores of ammunition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The Arabs called it "Nigmet el Mahdi" (the Mahdi's star).
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
In 776 Mahdi constrained him for a large bribe to renounce his right of succession in favour of his sons, Musa and Harun.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
They were all followers of the mahdi and khalifa in the Sudan wars (1883-1898).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
Unfortunately, the Mahdi cut the grass under the general's feet, and he arrived too late.
"English Pharisees and French Crocodiles" by Max O'Rell
Not even the Mahdi's.
"London Days" by Arthur Warren
The Mahdi died in June, 1885, and was succeeded by Abdullah the Khalifa.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
He soon advanced his station and claimed to be the Kaim or Mahdi.
"Bahaism and Its Claims" by Samuel Graham Wilson
The Canonization of the Mahdi.
"Concerning Lafcadio Hearn" by George M. Gould
The most noteworthy event in his reign was the insurrection of the Mahdi sect, led by one Ilahi.
"India Through the Ages" by Flora Annie Steel
His fame as a singer spread, and the caliph Mahdi brought him to the court.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
It remained under Egyptian rule till 1882 when Mahommed Ahmed, the mahdi, raised the country to revolt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
There could now be no doubt he was the "Mahdi el Muntazer," the expected Mahdi!
"Fire and Sword in the Sudan" by Rudolf C. Slatin
There are cafes in Khartoum, as well as poultry-farms, in this late land of the Mahdi and incredible horrors.
"The Broken Thread" by William Le Queux

In news:

The now notorious Mahdi espionage malware has hit more than 150 victims since June, a sign that attackers are modifying the surveillance malware so it can continue to infect computers by eluding detection, security experts say.
Researchers at Seculert have discovered what could be a link between the Mahdi malware and the cyber-espionage Trojan known as Flame.
Security Researchers Find Flame Malware Mention in Mahdi Code.
Iraqi VP Adel Abdul Mahdi .
Mahdi talked to Monitor correspondent Jane Arraf about upcoming national elections, Iraq's security and economic issues, and relations with Iraq's neighbors.
Saudatu Mahdi , Secretary General, Women's Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative – Nigeria, was unable to attend the annual Awards Breakfast.
I had some similar reflections on the parallels between the Mahdi and bin Laden yesterday over on Power Line, and also a few weeks after 9/11 in The Weekly Standard.
Mahdi Ali's experiment clicks as UAE beat Estonia in friendly.
Mahdi Ali, seen here celebrating the UAE football team's Olympic qualification in Tashkent earlier this year, calls the Under 23 team 'family'.
On the eve of Asia group play in London 2012 qualifying, Mahdi Ali had a dream.
Mahdi Ali is in line to coach the UAE senior team after London 2012.
Promoting Mahdi Ali to the role of senior national coach is the correct move, but given the nation's long history of seeking foreign aid in the running of their football teams, it is also a bold one by the Football Association.
Hadi al-Mahdi, a talk show host who works for Radio Demozy, in his Baghdad studio.
Brahim Mahdi said he has no connection to terrorism.
The IRNA report says authorities picked up Mahdi Hashemi on Monday, a day after he returned to Iran from Britain.

In science:

Mahdi Cheraghchi, Amin Shokrollahi, and Avi Wigderson.
Explicit Non-Adaptive Combinatorial Group Testing Schemes
Mahdi Cheraghchi, Adam Klivans, Pravesh Kothari, and Homin K.
Active Property Testing
Mahdi Sheida received the B.S. degree in computer engineering from Sabzevar Tarbiat Moallem University, Sabzevar, iran, in 2011.
Picture Collage with Genetic Algorithm and Stereo vision
Mahdi, E. and McLeod, I. A. (2012) Improved multivariate portmanteau test.
Diagnostic Tests for Non-causal Time Series with Infinite Variance
Raghuram, A Cuspidality Criterion for the Exterior Square Transfer of Cusp Forms on GL(4), preprint. [AS06] Mahdi Asgari and Freydoon Shahidi.
Descent Construction for Gspin Groups: Main Results and Applications