The Just Ruler in Shi'ite Islam

The Just Ruler in Shi'ite Islam : The Comprehensive Authority of the Jurist in Imamite Jurisprudence

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Following the Islamic revolution of 1978-79 in Iran, the new Islamic regime justified the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeni, and of the Shi'ite imams in general, on the basis of the doctrine that righteous jurist is best suited to establish the ideal public order. Sachedina shows that this concept has no apparent parallel in Sunni Islam. In this study, he seeks the origins of this concept in the Sunni/Shi'ite schism that took place after the death of the Prophet, and then traces its historical evolution up to the present time.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 154.9 x 230.1 x 19.8mm | 472.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195119150
  • 9780195119152
  • 1,090,860

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Makes a welcome addition to the growing literature on Shi'ite political thought. The author draws on an impressive body of legal works, both classical and more recent...in order to demonstrate the orthodox view of authority and its implications in the case of the Imam, the temporal ruler, and the jurist. * Journal of Religion *show more

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