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Religious Authority in Shi'ite Islam
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Religious Authority in Shi'ite Islam: From the Office of Mufti to the Institution of Marja‘ - Softcover

 

Ahmad Kazemi Moussavi (Author)

ISBN: 983-99002-6-9
Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Year: 1996
Pages: 388 pages
Weight: 554 grams

 

This book studies the development of the institution of the ‘ulama’ in the Muslim world, with special reference to Shi’ite Islam, in which a semi-formal hierarchy has been in existence since the nineteenth century. The book examines the emergence of Ithna ‘Ashari jurisprudence and its periodic changes, the rise of a Shi’ite learned body, the institutionalization of the positions of mujtahid and marja’ al-taqlid, their financial sources of authority, and finally, the political roles of the ‘ulama’. It also surveys the long drawn out struggle for authority amongst the representatives of speculative thought in Shi’ism. It includes the challenges og the Sufis, Akhbaris, and Shaykhis to the office of ‘ulama’, which was successfully empowered with juristic mandate and with the charismatic authority of the vicegerent of the Imam.

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