Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism, The

The Sources of Esotericism in Islam
Author: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791494799
Category: Religion
Page: 279
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The Imam, the Divine Guide, is the central point around which the Shi'ite religion turns. The power of Shi'ism comes from the actions of the Imam. This title is reserved exclusively for the sucessors of the prophets in their mission. The author shows that from the beginning of Shi'ite Islam until the tenth century, the Imam was primarily a master of knowledge with supernatural powers, not a jurist theologian. The Imam is the threshold through which God and the creatures communicate. He is thus a cosmic necessity, the key and the center of the universal economy of the sacred. The author presents Shi'ism as a religion founded on double dimensions where the role of the leader remains constantly central: perpetual initiation into divine secrets and continued confrontation with anti-initiation forces. Without esotericism, exotericism loses its meaning. Early Imamism is an esoteric doctrine. Historically, then, at the beginning of esotericism in Islam, we find an initiatory, mystical, and occultist doctrine. This is the first book to systematically explore the immense literature attributed to the Imams themselves in order to recover the authentic original vision. It restores an essential source of esotericism in the world of Islam.

The Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism

The Sources of Esotericism in Islam
Author: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791421222
Category: Religion
Page: 279
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The Imam, the Divine Guide, is the central point around which the Shi'ite religion turns. The power of Shi'ism comes from the actions of the Imam. This title is reserved exclusively for the sucessors of the prophets in their mission. The author shows that from the beginning of Shi'ite Islam until the tenth century, the Imam was primarily a master of knowledge with supernatural powers, not a jurist theologian. The Imam is the threshold through which God and the creatures communicate. He is thus a cosmic necessity, the key and the center of the universal economy of the sacred. The author presents Shi'ism as a religion founded on double dimensions where the role of the leader remains constantly central: perpetual initiation into divine secrets and continued confrontation with anti-initiation forces. Without esotericism, exotericism loses its meaning. Early Imamism is an esoteric doctrine. Historically, then, at the beginning of esotericism in Islam, we find an initiatory, mystical, and occultist doctrine. This is the first book to systematically explore the immense literature attributed to the Imams themselves in order to recover the authentic original vision. It restores an essential source of esotericism in the world of Islam.

The Silent Qur'an and the Speaking Qur'an

Scriptural Sources of Islam Between History and Fervor
Author: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231540655
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Two major events occurred in the early centuries of Islam that determined its historical and spiritual development in the centuries that followed: the formation of the sacred scriptures, namely the Qur'an and the Hadith, and the chronic violence that surrounded the succession of the Prophet, manifesting in repression, revolution, massacre, and civil war. This is the first book to evaluate the writing of Islam's major scriptural sources within the context of these bloody, brutal conflicts. Conducting a philological and historical study of little-known though significant ancient texts, Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi rebuilds a Shi'ite understanding of Islam's early history and the genesis of its holy scriptures. At the same time, he proposes a fresh interpretative framework and a new data set for theorizing the early history of Islam, isolating the contradictions between Shi'ite and Sunni sources and their contribution to the tensions that rile these groups today.

Scripture and Exegesis in Early Imāmī-Shiism


Author: Meʼir Mikhaʼel Bar-Asher
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004114951
Category: Social Science
Page: 274
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An examination of the features and methods of Imami exegesis.

Medieval Islamic Civilization

An Encyclopedia
Author: Josef W. Meri
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415966906
Category: History
Page: 155
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Medieval Islamic Civilization examines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more. This reference provides an exhaustive and vivid portrait of Islamic civilization including the many scientific, artistic, and religious developments as well as all aspects of daily life and culture. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit www.routledge-ny.com/middleages/Islamic.

Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies


Author: Özgen Felek,Alexander D. Knysh
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438439954
Category: Religion
Page: 334
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A wide-ranging consideration of the place of dreams and visions in Islamic societies from the pre-modern period to the present.

Fatima: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide


Author: Mary Thurkill
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019980611X
Category:
Page: 12
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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.aboutobo.com.

The Spirituality of Shi'i Islam

Belief and Practices
Author: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1845117387
Category: Religion
Page: 585
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Published in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory

Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory
Author: Robert Gleave
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748631135
Category: Religion
Page: 212
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In this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics, Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical developments, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers. Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. As Islamic law is based on the central texts of Islam, the idea of a literal meaning that rules over human attempts to understand God's message has resulted in a series of debates amongst modern Muslim legal theorists.

Safavid Iran

Rebirth of a Persian Empire
Author: Andrew J Newman
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733664
Category: History
Page: 296
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Winner of the International Book Prize in Iranian Studies The Safavid dynasty, which reigned from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, links medieval with modern Iran. The Safavids witnessed wide-ranging developments in politics, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, art and architecture. But how did this dynasty manage to produce the longest lasting and most glorious of Iran’s Islamic-period eras? Andrew Newman offers a complete re-evaluation of the Safavid place in history as they presided over these extraordinary developments and the wondrous flowering of Iranian culture. In the process he dissects the Safavid story, from before the 1501 capture of Tabriz by Shah Ismail (1488-1524), the point at which Shi`ism became the realm's established faith; on to the sixteenth and early seventeenth century dominated by Shah Abbas (1587-1629), whose patronage of art and architecture from his capital of Isfahan embodied the Safavid spirit; and culminating with the reign of Sultan Husayn (reg. 1694-1722). Based on meticulous scholarship, Newman offers a valuable new interpretation of the rise of the Safavids and their eventual demise in the eighteenth century. Safavid Iran, with its fresh insights and new research, is the definitive single volume work on the subject. ‘There is an enormous amount of valuable material here and very wide and impressive reading.’ Charles Melville, Reader in Persian History, University of Cambridge

Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought

Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi
Author: M. Cook,N. Haider,I. Rabb,A. Sayeed
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137078952
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
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Bringing together essays on topics related to Islamic law, this book is composed of articles by prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. They exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments.

Unity in Diversity

Mysticism, Messianism and the Construction of Religious Authority in Islam
Author: N.A
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004262806
Category: History
Page: 440
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The edited volume Unity in Diversity: Mysticism, Messianism and the Construction of Religious Authority in Islam explores the role of mystical and messianic groups and movements in the construction and re-construction of religious authority in Muslim societies.

Sufism and the Way of Blame

Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology
Author: Yannis Toussulis
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 0835630307
Category: Religion
Page: 280
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Gold Winner of the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award and the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award! This is a definitive book on the Sufi “way of blame” that addresses the cultural life of Sufism in its entirety. Originating in ninth-century Persia, the “way of blame” (Arab. malamatiyya) is a little-known tradition within larger Sufism that focused on the psychology of egoism and engaged in self-critique. Later, the term referred to those Sufis who shunned Islamic literalism and formalism, thus being worthy of “blame.” Yannis Toussulis may be the first to explore the relation between this controversial movement and the larger tradition of Sufism, as well as between Sufism and Islam generally, throughout history to the present. Both a Western professor of the psychology of religion and a Sufi practitioner, Toussulis has studied malamatiyya for over a decade. Explaining Sufism as a lifelong practice to become a “perfect mirror in which God contemplates Himself,” he draws on and critiques contemporary interpretations by G. I Gurdjieff, J. G. Bennett, and Idries Shah, as well as on Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. He also contributes personal research conducted with one of the last living representatives of the way of blame in Turkey today, Mehmet Selim Ozic.

Der Imam al-Qasim ibn Ibrahim und die Glaubenslehre der Zaiditen


Author: Wilferd Madelung
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110826542
Category: Philosophy
Page: 271
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Theologie und Gesellschaft im 2. und 3. Jahrhundert Hidschra

eine Geschichte des religiösen Denkens im frühen Islam
Author: Josef van Ess
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110148350
Category: Islam
Page: 1107
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Muhammedanische Studien


Author: Ignác Goldziher
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
ISBN: 9783487420202
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
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Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi'ism

From Ali to Post-Khomeini
Author: Hamid Mavani
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135044732
Category: Political Science
Page: 274
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Ranging from the time of the infallible Imams, to the contemporary era, this book provides a comprehensive overview of Shi’i religious and political authority, focusing on Iran and Lebanon, without limiting the discourse to Khomeini’s version of an Islamic State. Utilising untapped Arabic and Persian sources, Hamid Mavani provides a detailed, nuanced, and diverse theoretical discussion on the doctrine of leadership (Imamate) in Shi’ism from traditional, theological, philosophical, and mystical perspectives. This theoretical discussion becomes the foundation for an analysis of the transmission of the Twelfth Imam’s religious and political authority vis-á-vis the jurists during his Greater Occultation. Bringing the often overlooked diversity within the Shi’i tradition into sharp focus, Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi’ism discusses what constitutes an Islamic state, if there is such a notion as an Islamic state. Hamid Mavani further explores the possibility of creating a space for secularity, facilitating a separation between religion and state, and ensuring equal rights for all. This book argues that such a development is only possible if there is a rehabilitation of ijtihad. If this were to materialise modern religious, social, economic, political, and cultural challenges could be addressed more successfully. This book will be of use to scholars and students with interests ranging from Politics, to Religion, to Middle East Studies.

Die Anfäge der islamischen Jurisprudenz

ihre Entwicklung in Mekka bis zur Mitte des 2./8. Jahrhunderts
Author: Harald Motzki
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Jurisprudence
Page: 292
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Die Chroniken der Stadt Mekka


Author: Ferdinand Wüstenfeld
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
Page: N.A
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