The Study of Shi‘i Islam: History, Theology and Law

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Farhad Daftary
I.B.Tauris, Jan 8, 2014 - Religion - 640 pages
Shi'i Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilization. The prolific achievements of Shi'i theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shi'i studies has unjustly remained a long-neglected field, despite the important contribution that Shi'ism has made to Islamic traditions. This book is divided into eight sections, namely, history, the Qur'an and its Shi'i interpretations, hadith, law, authority, theology, rites and rituals, and intellectual traditions and philosophy. Each section begins with an introduction contextualizing the aspects of studying Shi'i Islam particular to its theme, before going on to address topics such as the state of the field, methodology and tools, and the primary issues with which contemporary scholars of Shi'i studies are dealing. The scope and depth here covered makes this book of especial interest to researchers and students alike within the field of Islamic studies. The volume benefits from the diverse expertise of nearly 30 world-class scholars, including Mohammad-Ali Amir-Moezzi, Meir M. Bar-Asher, Farhad Daftary, Daniel De Smet, Gerald R. Hawting, Nader El-Bizri, Etan Kohlberg, Wilferd Madelung, Andrew Newman, Ismail K. Poonawala, Sabine Schmidtke and Paul E. Walker.

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Foreword by Mohammad Ali AmirMoezzi
The Origins of the Shiʿi
Phases and Issues
AlMaqrīzīs Connection to the Fatimids
What Defines a Premodern Shiʿi Tafsīr? Notes towards
The Evolution of alQāḍī alNuʿmāns Theory of Ismaili
The Theory of Māl among the Zaydīs
The Safawid Ḥikmat Traditions
The Role of the Imamcaliph as Depicted in Official Treatises
Twelver Shiʿi Disputations and Authority
Early Imāmī Theology as Reflected in the Kitāb alkāfī of al

Mohammad Ali AmirMoezzi
Fatimid Ismaili Taʾwīl Allegoresis
The Authority to Interpret the Qurʾan
The Transmission of Religious Knowledge
The Case of alBarqī from Qumm
The Story of Pen and Paper and its Interpretation in Muslim
Renunciation Zuhd in the Early Shiʿi Tradition
His Writings on Theology and their Reception
A Comparative Approach
The Practice of Chirāghi rawshan among
A Shiʿi Philosophico
Epilogue by Azim Nanji

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Farhad Daftary is the Co-Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK. As well as serving on various editorial boards, Dr Daftary is the author and editor of numerous publications.
Gurdofarid Miskinzoda is a Research Associate and Coordinator of Shi'i Studies at the Department of Academic Research and Publication of the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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