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Sacred Space And Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi'ite Islam Paperback – October 4, 2002

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""...succeeds in drawing significant conclusions that benefit specialists of Islamic studies and students....""--El-Sayed el-Aswad, Digest of Middle East Studies
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Juan Cole is Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the editor of International Journal of Middle East Studies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; 47391st edition (October 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860647367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860647369
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent exploration of a subject not well studied by Western scholars. While this book is well written, I would suggest reading a primer on middle-eastern or Islamic history first. The book is aimed at people who have a general understanding of the subject but are looking to add real depth to what they know. You will find few people who know the subject better than Cole. I suggesting listening to his recent interview on NPR ("Fresh Air with Terry Gross") which can be heard on-line. I can only hope that people in government who have to make critical choice based on their knowledge of the Middle-East will read books like this.
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The book appears to be a collection of disparate lectures or essays loosely tied together to take advantage of the spike in Islamic interest due to terrorism. The book title is deceptive, as it is actually the title of a single chapter in the book, which refers to the 1855 battle over the Ayodha mosque site in India. Although the book does shed light on Bahraini, Saudi and Indian Shi'ite communities (only the Twelver sect, however) it never provides a strong sense of Shia "politics, culture and history" as implied in the title. There is some relevant information on Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese Shi'ites, but not the level of detail I expected. You will learn something if you read this book, just understand going in that you will have to read another book if you want an understanding of modern Shi'ism. There has got to be a better organized, more focused and concise resource available.
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Fact-based; comprehensive----gives great understanding of why SHIA always on defensive---and why greater internal control by IMAMs required to avoid triggering
pogroms by Sunnis, sep Ottoman Empire, and Europeans "colonizing/tradind
across Middle East to India,
Excellent case studies of geographic concentrations of SHIAs.
Excellent sourcebook, historical, definitely a "must read"; esp
with Syria/Lebanon and Iran on such a world focus.
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