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Twelve infallible men : the imams and the making of Shi'ism

Author: Matthew Pierce
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
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"The rift between Sunni and Shīʻah Muslims is one of the most salient divisions in the history of Islam. Twelve Infallible Men explores the role of stories in the development of a distinctly Shīʻah identity, demonstrating how accounts of saintly figures were popularized to meet the needs of a religious community. This analysis of Shīʻah narratives provides insight into the social and religious significance of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Pierce, Matthew.
Twelve infallible men.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015040452
(OCoLC)926061431
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Pierce
ISBN: 9780674969087 0674969081
OCLC Number: 951028592
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 254 pages)
Contents: Setting the stage --
Consolation for a community --
Betrayal and the boundaries of faithfulness --
Vulnerable bodies and masculine ideals --
Entering the cosmos.
Responsibility: Matthew Pierce.
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In the tenth century Shi'a scholars assembled accounts of twelve imams' lives, portraying them as miracle workers who were betrayed. These biographies invoked shared cultural memories, shaped  Read more...

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A successful book that singles out a number of the most influential themes related to the portrayal of the imams and treats them with considerable insight.--Devin Stewart, Emory University [A] Read more...

 
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