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Shi'ism : a religion of protest

Author: Hamid Dabashi
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For a Western world anxious to understand Islam and, in particular, Shi'ism, this book arrives with urgently needed information and critical analysis. Hamid Dabashi exposes the soul of Shi'ism as a religion of protest - successful only when in a warring position, and losing its legitimacy when in power.
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Dabashi, Hamid, 1951-
Shi'ism.
Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010038963
(OCoLC)664115096
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hamid Dabashi
ISBN: 9780674058750 0674058755
OCLC Number: 709594643
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 413 pages, [15] pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
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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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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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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