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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better sublate than never
This is a brilliant, somewhat eccentric and often rather personal introduction to Shi'sm, its history and complexity -- yesterday and today. It is an important book for those of us who work in the Muslim sphere, and for anyone else who wants an appreciation of Islam's background and Shi'ism's internal workings, explained with reference to Freud and other modern...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but AVOID THE KINDLE VERSION
Kindle version doesn't have all the images, instead you get this completely lame directive : "to view this image, refer to the pri t version of this title"

Note the star rating is for this kindle version, I have found the book interesting and insightful, and would definitely rate the print version higher.
Published on September 29, 2012 by rdf


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better sublate than never, August 24, 2011
This review is from: Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest (Hardcover)
This is a brilliant, somewhat eccentric and often rather personal introduction to Shi'sm, its history and complexity -- yesterday and today. It is an important book for those of us who work in the Muslim sphere, and for anyone else who wants an appreciation of Islam's background and Shi'ism's internal workings, explained with reference to Freud and other modern psychologists. But it is not an easy read for the uninitiated. It is beautifully written, however, by an author who knows his subject, has strong convictions about Shi'ism's origins and values, and has the vocabulary to prove it. And therein lies one of its big faults: vocabulary. For whatever reason, Dabashi is enamored of the word "sublate," and uses it so frequently that, like any oft-repeated word -- particularly an obscure one -- it becomes a meaningless stumbling block for the reader, especially because its definition varies subtly enough from source to source that one can never be sure which definition Dabashi intends. That weakens his arguments, often and with no good reason. A good editor might have flattened this stumbling block, and cleared a smoother path, at least for this reader!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but AVOID THE KINDLE VERSION, September 29, 2012
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Kindle version doesn't have all the images, instead you get this completely lame directive : "to view this image, refer to the pri t version of this title"

Note the star rating is for this kindle version, I have found the book interesting and insightful, and would definitely rate the print version higher.
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Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest by Hamid Dabashi (Hardcover - January 31, 2011)
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