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Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest Hardcover – January 31, 2011

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After the death of the Prophet, a struggle ensued for leadership of the Muslim community. Those who believe the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law Ali was his legitimate successor are called the Shi’i, and Dabashi’s book is a fascinating look at this tradition viewed through the lens of such thinkers as Freud, Weber, Habermas, and others. Dabashi’s analysis of the foundational events of Shiism, namely the assassination of Ali, the subsequent murder of his son Husayn, and Muslims killing not just other Muslims but also the flesh and blood of the Prophet, lead him to conclude that Shiism is a religion of protest and revolt. But he also claims the moral authority and legitimacy of Shiism are lost when it succeeds politically, an interesting proposition given the political prominence of Shiism today in Iran as well as among the leaders of Hizbullah and some insurgents in Iraq. Dabashi’s book is not an introductory chronicle of names, dates, and events. Rather, it is a scholarly analysis of the tradition, engagingly written, for an advanced audience. --Christopher McConnell

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After the death of the Prophet, a struggle ensued for leadership of the Muslim community. Those who believe the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law Ali was his legitimate successor are called the Shi'i, and Dabashi's book is a fascinating look at this tradition viewed through the lens of such thinkers as Freud, Weber, Habermas, and others. (Christopher McConnell Booklist 2010-12-15)

You can't make sense of the news from the Middle East without some understanding of the ancient division between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest, by Hamid Dabashi, offers a comprehensive new history of Shi'ite theology, history, and politics, down to the current conflict in Iraq. (Adam Kirsch Barnes and Noble Review 2011-02-04)

[A] challenging and brilliant new book...Dabashi's extraordinarily rich and powerful book takes Shiism out of the sectarian ghettos where it was largely confined when it became an ideological weapon of the Persian Empire in its rivalry with the Sunni Ottomans. By emancipating Shiism from its instrumental use by the Islamic Republic of Iran, he has performed a vital cultural--and political--service. (Malise Ruthven New York Review of Books 2011-12-22)

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  • Hardcover : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0674049454
  • Item Weight : 1.88 pounds
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0674049451
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Belknap Press; 0th Edition (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: : English
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