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The spirituality of Shi'i Islam : beliefs and practices

Author: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi; Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2011.
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The second largest branch of Islam, with between 130 and 190 million adherents across the globe, Shi'i Islam is becoming an increasingly significant force in contemporary politics, especially in the Middle East. This makes an informed understanding of its fundamental spiritual beliefs and practices both necessary and timely. Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi is one of the most distinguished scholars of Shi'i history and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Amir-Moezzi, Mohammad Ali.
Spirituality of Shi'i Islam.
London : I.B. Tauris, 2011
(DLC) 2011384892
(OCoLC)700396899
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi; Institute of Ismaili Studies.
ISBN: 9780857719652 0857719653 1283152215 9781283152211
OCLC Number: 741614067
Language Note: Text in English from the original French.
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 585 pages)
Contents: Early emergence and ancient convergence. Reflections on the expression dīn ʻAlī: the origins of the Shiʻi faith ; Shahrbanu, lady of the land of Iran and mother of the Imams: between pre-Islamic Iran and Imami Shiʻism --
On the nature of the Imam: initiation and dualism. Some remarks on the divinity of the Imam ; The pre-existence of the Imam ; The Imam in heaven: ascension and initiation ; Knowledge is power: interpretations and implications of the miracle in early Imamism ; Notes on Imami Walāya ; Only the man of God is human: theology and mystical anthropology according to early Imami exagesis --
Hermeneutic and spiritual practice. The warrior of Taʼwilʼ: a poem about ʻAlī by Mollā Ṣadrā ; Visions of the Imams in modern and contemporary twelver mysticism ; Notes on prayer in Imami Shiʻism --
Aspects of individual and collective eschatology. The end of time and return to the origin ; A contribution on the topology of encounters with the hidden Imam ; An absence filled with presences: Shaykhiyya hermeneutics of the occultation.
Responsibility: by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi.

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The second largest branch of Islam, with between 130 and 190 million adherents across the globe, Shi'i Islam is becoming an increasingly significant force in contemporary politics, especially in the Middle East. This makes an informed understanding of its fundamental spiritual beliefs and practices both necessary and timely. Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi is one of the most distinguished scholars of Shi'i history and theology, and in this volume he offers a wide-ranging and engaging survey of the core texts of Shi'i Islam. Examining in turn the origins and later developments of Shi'i spirituality, t.

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