Shi'i Scholars of Nineteenth-Century Iraq: The 'Ulama' of Najaf and Karbala'

Shi'i Scholars of Nineteenth-Century Iraq: The 'Ulama' of Najaf and Karbala'

by Meir Litvak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521892961

ISBN-13: 9780521892964

Pub. Date: 05/02/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala in nineteenth-century Ottoman Iraq were the most important Shi'i centers of learning. In the first in-depth study of the period, Meir Litvak explores the social and political dynamics of these communities and the historical development of Shi'i leadership. In this context, the book not only contributes to the historical

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Overview

The shrine cities of Najaf and Karbala in nineteenth-century Ottoman Iraq were the most important Shi'i centers of learning. In the first in-depth study of the period, Meir Litvak explores the social and political dynamics of these communities and the historical development of Shi'i leadership. In this context, the book not only contributes to the historical debates, but also more broadly to an understanding of modern Shi'ism. It will appeal to historians of the Middle East, Islam, and to students of comparative religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521892964
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on transliteration; List of abbreviations; Map; Introduction; Part I. The Community: Learning and Leadership: 1. The community of learning: concept and organization; 2. Leadership in the age of multiple centers; 3. Monopolization of leadership in Najaf; 4. Diffusion, centralization and politicization; 5. Determinants of status and leadership; Part II. The 'Ulama' Between the Ottomans and Qajars: 6. The shrine cities, the Mamluks and Iran; 7. The 'ulama' and the reassertion of direct Ottoman control; 8. The 'ulama' and Ottoman centralization policy; 9. The changing political triangle, 1875–1904; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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