The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam: The Comprehensive Authority of the Jurist in Imamite Jurisprudence

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byAbdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina

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The Islamic regime that came to power after the 1978-79 Iranian revolution justified the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Shi'ite imams in general, on the basis of the doctrine that the Islamic jurist is best suited to rule with justice in an Islamic country. Arguing that this concepthas no apparent parallel in Sunni Islam, this study explores its origins in the Sunni/Shi'ite schism, which took place after the death of the Prophet, and traces its evolution to the present day. Drawing on exhaustive research in the Islamic libraries of Iran and Jordan, as well as discussions withleading jurors and scholars in Iran, Sachedina presents the first in-depth analysis of an Islamic phenomenon of vital contemporary social and political significance.

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The Islamic regime that came to power after the 1978-79 Iranian revolution justified the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Shi'ite imams in general, on the basis of the doctrine that the Islamic jurist is best suited to rule with justice in an Islamic country. Arguing that this concepthas no apparent parallel in Sunni Islam, thi...

Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina is at University of Virginia.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195119150

ISBN - 13:9780195119152

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"The book is interesting on two counts: It traces the development in the Shi'ite jurisprudence which has now reserved for the clregy the authority that was the exclusive right of the 'infallible' Imam. Secondly, it addressesthe basic question as to the legality of the very existence of thestrong Shi'ite clergy, pending the return of the 'infallible' Imam."--The Frontier Post (Pakistan)