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Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i on the Sources of Religious Authority

AuthorJuan Cole
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Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i on the Sources of Religious Authority
Date of this edition 1993-10
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Posted 2011-05-01 by Jonah Winters
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Abstract How did Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i understand the structure of authority in Shi`ism, specifically the role of the ulama? Was he to be seen as an exemplar to be emulated, the first among equals, or a Sufiesque 'pole' channeling the grace of God? 
Notes Paper delivered at the Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University. On a related topic, see also Shi'i Clerics in Iraq and Iran, 1722-1780: The Akhbari-Usuli Conflict Reconsidered.
Tags Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsai; Shaykhism; Shiism
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