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The origins of the Shīʻa : identity, ritual, and sacred space in eighth-century Kūfa

Author: Najam Iftikhar Haider
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Sunni-Shi'a schism is often framed as a dispute over the identity of the successor to Muhammad. In reality, however, this fracture only materialized a century later in the important southern Iraqi city of Kufa (present-day Najaf). This book explores the birth and development of Shi'i identity. Through a critical analysis of legal texts, whose provenance has only recently been confirmed, the study shows how the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Najam Iftikhar Haider
ISBN: 9781107010710 1107010713
OCLC Number: 707842191
Description: xvi, 276 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part one: Narratives and methods --
Kūfa and the classical narratives of early Shī'ism --
Confronting the source barrier: a new methodology --
Part two: Case studies --
In the name of God: the Basmala --
Curses and invocations: the Qunūt in the ritual prayer --
Drinking matters: the Islamic debate over prohibition --
Part three: The emergence of Shī'ism --
Dating sectarianism: eary Zaydism and the politics of perpetual revolution --
The problem of the ambiguous transmitter: ritual and the allocation of identity --
The mosque and the procession: sacred spaces and the construction of community --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Responsibility: Najam Haider.

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