The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity


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I.B.Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies

The world's 200 million Shi'i Muslims express their faith in a multiplicity of ways, united by reverence for the ahl al-bayt, the family of the Prophet. In embracing a pluralistic ethic, fourteen centuries of Shi'i Islam have given rise to diverse traditions and practices across varied geographic and cultural landscapes. The Shi'i World is a comprehensive work authored by leading scholars from assorted disciplines, to provide a better understanding of how Shi'i communities view themselves and articulate their teachings. The topics range from Shi'i Islam's historical and conceptual foundations, formative figures and intellectual, legal and moral traditions, to its devotional practices, art and architecture, literature, music and cinema, as well as expressions and experiences of modernity. The book thus provides a panoramic perspective of the richly textured narratives that have shaped the social and moral universe of Shi'i Muslims around the globe.This fourth volume in the Muslim Heritage Series will appeal to specialists and general readers alike, as a timely resource on the prevailing complexities not only of the 'Muslim world', but also of the dynamic Shi'i diasporas of Europe and North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784534776
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Series: Muslim Heritage
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Farhad Daftary is Co-Director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London (IIS), where he also heads the Department of Academic Research and Publications. He is author of the seminal Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis, co-editor of Encyclopaedia Islamica as well as managing editor of the Shi'i Heritage Series and the Ismaili Texts and Translations Series.Amyn B. Sajoo is Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University's Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Vancouver). He has held visiting appointments at Cambridge and McGill Universities, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.Shainool Jiwa is head of the Constituency Studies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, where she specialises in Fatimid history. Dr Jiwa is on the Board of Governors of Edinburgh Napier University, and serves as a chief examiner in Islamic history for the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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