Geographies of Peace: New Approaches to Boundaries, by Farhad Daftary

By Farhad Daftary

Shi'i Muslims have performed a very important position, proportionally more than their relative measurement, in furthering the civilizational achievements of Islam. certainly, the Shi'i students and literati of assorted branches and areas, together with scientists, philosophers, theologians, jurists and poets, have made seminal contributions to Islamic concept and tradition. There have additionally been various Shi'i dynasties, households or person rulers who patronized students, poets and artists in addition to a number of associations of studying in Islam. inspite of its value, despite the fact that, Shi'i Islam has bought little scholarly cognizance within the West, and while it's been mentioned, even if regularly or by way of a few of its subdivisions, it has typically been taken care of marginally as a ‘sect’ or a ‘heterodoxy’. the current booklet attracts at the scattered findings of contemporary scholarship within the box, trying to clarify the formative period of Shi'i Islam, while a mess of Muslim teams and colleges of idea have been elaborating their doctrinal positions. next chapters are dedicated to the background of the Ithna'asharis, or Twelvers, the Ismailis, the Zaydis and the Nusayris (now typically recognized in Syria because the Alawis), the 4 groups that account for nearly the whole lot of the Shi'i Muslim inhabitants of the realm. the result's a accomplished survey of Shi'i Islam that might function an obtainable paintings of reference for lecturers in either Islamic and heart japanese reports, in addition to the wider box of the heritage of Religions, and in addition extra normal, non-specialist readers.

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