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Origins of Shi'ism

AuthorJonah Winters
Title of item
Origins of Shi'ism
Subtitle of item
A Consensus of Western Scholarship
Date of this edition 1996
Permission author
Posted 1997 by Jonah Winters
Classified in Personal pages and Unpublished Articles
Abstract Shi'ism, representing about 10% of the umma, is often regarded as illegitimate by the majority Sunnis. Using Western historiographical methods, I examine three key events occuring during the life of Muhammad that are used to legitimize Shi'i origins.
Notes This paper was not meant to examine the origins of Shi'ism, but rather Western scholars' own discussion and perceptions of the origins of Shi'ism.

The paper does not mention the Bahá'í Faith. However, it is illuminating for understanding many of the themes of the Bahá'í Revelation, both its Sacred Writings and also some of its teachings.

Tags Covenant (general); Imam Ali; Imams; Interfaith dialogue; Islam; Shiism; Sunni Islam
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