- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (September 10, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300035314
- ISBN-13: 978-0300035315
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Shi`i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi`ism New edition Edition
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This book is a general introduction to Shi'i Islam-specifically to Twelver Shi'ism, to which the majority of Shi'is belong today. It deals with the history and development of this important religion, giving an account of Shi'i doctrines and focusing in particular on those areas in which it differs from Sunni Islam.
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I was expecting it next Monday. Great Comdition and has everything I wanted but I didn't expect it to be so extensive.
It has maps and details like the population of Shiah's and where they are and all sorts of information I never dreamed of being included and of course the main point for me about the Mahdi and that is about the Bab and Baha'u'llah fulfilling the prophecies of Shiah Islam. But it is so informative and just flipping through it I thought WOW, "I didn't know that". A very welcome addition to "Muhammad and the Course of Islam" and the Quran by Bakhtiar who she clears up the mistranslation 4:34 about beating wives and corrects it to the right meaning of 'leave them alone' if a woman gets angry.
This book goes into the history of Shiah and events and gives charts and visual examples so you can grasp information at a glance.
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For historical elements it is very well detailed . Thanks .
Dr. Momen gave due attention to details like exact transliteration, differences between Arabic and Farsi spellings and pronunciations, careful complete footnotes, glossary and reference lists, etc.
The book also contains several charts that make it much easier to gain an overview of the subject matter, in particular of politico-historic events compared to theological developments.
Dr. Momen does not claim to be an esoterist but rather has chosen an historic (zahiri) viewpoint without at all closing the door to the esoteric side (batini).
Dr. Momen makes it clear and plausible how Twelver Shi'ism has especially since Safavid rule in Iran moved towards a concentration on exoteric law with the legal experts gradually assuming several prerogatives original held reserved to the occulted 12th Imam. In other words, it seems that the Sunni Al-Azhar University's published opinion considering 12er Shi'a a 5th school of orthodox Islamic jurisprudence in addition to the four still extant Sunni schools is factually based. In all fairness, however, we should bear in mind that tendencies towards legalism are currently not restricted to Shi'i Islam but, alas, observable worldwide.
The more esoterically minded (batini) amongst the 12er ulama (doctors of theology) who do not share the view that jurisprudence (fiqh) is the central theme of Islamic knowledge have apparently gradually withdrawn and gone underground in a kind of relative occultation.
This reviewer heartily thanks Dr. Momen and hopes he is alive and well and will soon publish a second updated edition of his excellent work.