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Shi'ism : a religion of protest

Author: Hamid Dabashi
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Attends to the explosive conflicts in the Middle East with an abiding attention to historical facts, cultural forces, religious convictions, literary and artistic nuances, and metaphysical details.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hamid Dabashi
ISBN: 9780674049451 0674049454
OCLC Number: 807215666
Description: xviii, 413 p., [15] p. láms. : il., mapas, retrs. fot. byn ; 25 cm
Contents: Doctrinal foundation. Death of a prophet --
Birth of a revolutionary faith --
The Karbala complex --
Historical unfolding. In the battlefields of history --
In the company of kings, caliphs, and conquerors --
At the dawn of colonial modernity --
Visual and performing arts. Shi'ism and the crisis of cultural modernity --
On ressentiment and the politics of despair --
Toward an aesthetics of emancipation --
Contemporary contestations. Toward a new syncretic cosmopolitanism --
The un/making of a politics of despair --
Contemporary sites of contestation.
Responsibility: Hamid Dabashi.

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After the death of the Prophet, a struggle ensued for leadership of the Muslim community. Those who believe the Prophet's cousin and son-in-law Ali was his legitimate successor are called the Shi'i, Read more...

 
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