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Abstract:
A debate which came to shape Shi'i jurisprudence, between those who believed that only the Imams should be the source of law, vs. those who held that rational study of scripture could yield worthy principles. (No mention of the Babi or Baha'i faiths.)
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Shi'i Clerics in Iraq and Iran, 1722-1780:
The Akhbari-Usuli Conflict Reconsidered

by Juan Cole

published in Iranian Studies, 18:1, pages 3-34
1985 Winter
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