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Shi'i Clerics in Iraq and Iran, 1722-1780

AuthorJuan Cole
Title of item
Shi'i Clerics in Iraq and Iran, 1722-1780
Subtitle of item
The Akhbari-Usuli Conflict Reconsidered
Parent publication   Iranian Studies
Date of this edition 1985 Winter
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Posted 2017-08-28 by Jonah Winters
Classified in Published Articles
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 Bábí or Bahá'í faiths.)
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On the Akhbaris and Usulis, see also Introduction to Shi'i Islam p. 117 and Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i on the Sources of Religious Authority.

Tags Akbari (Shiite school); Islam; Jurisprudence; Shaykhism; Shiism; Usuli (Shiite school)
Locations Iraq; Iran (documents)
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