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By Moojan Momen

ISBN-10: 0300035314

ISBN-13: 9780300035315

This ebook is a basic creation to Shi’i Islam—specifically to Twelver Shi’ism, to which nearly all of Shi’is belong this day.  It bargains with the historical past and improvement of this significant faith, giving an account of Shi’i doctrines and focusing specifically on these parts within which it differs from Sunni Islam. 
“Momen’s booklet fills an incredible hole within the normal literature in English on Twelver Shi’ism, and will be rigorously studied by means of an individual who desires to recognize extra approximately what's occurring within the center East today….This is a very good paintings which merits the widest attainable readership.”—Malise Ruthven, The heart East
“An super beneficial reference resource at the institution and evolution of the Shi’ite department of the Islamic religion.”—Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., Perspective
“An unpretentious variety, interpretive readability and . . . sound judgment symbolize Momen’s writings. a number of the elements of Twelver Shi’ism are rigorously extraordinary to fulfill either the overall reader and the aspiring student.”—Norman Calder, Times Literary Supplement
“Specialist and nonspecialist alike will make the most of its lucid exposition of either elite and renowned Shi’ism. specially necessary is the way in which the paintings provides smooth serious scholarship on Shi’i heritage along the orthodox background, which nonetheless has nice impression at the religion’s self-understanding.”—Mel Piehl, Library Journal 
Moojan Momen has written largely on Iran and center East religion.

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Adith even among many Jama'i-Sunnis. After the Shi'is ceased to be so prominent, their works remained as an enduring heritage. We may consider, at this point, why the Shl'is, unlike several other movements of the time-the l:Ianballs or the Karramis, for instance-could not be fully assimilated into J ama'i-Sunni Islam at large. As a general stock of sentiments, 'AIid loyalism, indeed, was so assimilated. We must recognize that, unlike some movements, such as the Mu'tazili (always primarily a school of kalam, whose members might accept diverse positions in fiqh or the like), the IJanballs and Karramis, like the Twelvers and Zaydis, formed many-sided religious movements, potentially complete in themselves: they had their own forms of piety, their own fiqh, and their own viewpoint on kalam disputation.

In such ways, the Fatimi aesthetic life was endowed with a notable continuity of style which set off this side of the state, complementing its political and social life. The decline of F atimi power Once it had been well established, the independent cultural and economic prosperity of Egypt long outlasted the specifically Isma'ili forms with which it was tied up in early Fatimi times. So long as the Red Sea trade route flourished, the main lines of the Egyptian state remained sound. On the other hand, Isma'ilism began to weaken even before the end of the Fatimid dynasty.

The government at Cairo was thereby enabled to hold the sort of loyalties that Baghdad had forfeited, and to set the fashions within its sphere. Finally, a third component in the political idea, of more ambivalent effect, was the standing appeal of the Cairo regime to the Isma'ill subjects of its rivals throughout Islamdom. Egypt has commonly been two societies in one: that of the land and that of maritime commerce. Flooded yearly with silt-rich Nile water" Egypt has for millennia been a fabulously productive agricultural land" apparently not subject to the natural vicissitudes of the Iraq.

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