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On different interpretations of the hadith regarding taqlíd, "to follow (legal interpretations)," as given by Shi`i clerics like Ayatu’llah Khomeini vs. the interpretation of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #138 (Acuto, 2016). Mirrored with permission from

A Comparison between the Commentary and Interpretation of an Islamic Tradition by 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Ayatu'llah Khomeini

by Moojan Momen

published in Lights of Irfan, 18, pages 453-469
Wilmette: Haj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium, 2017
Abstract: This article concerns the two very different interpretations of a single Islamic Tradition regarding taqlíd, "to follow (legal interpretations)," as given, on the one hand, by the Islamic Shi`i clerics exemplified by Ayatu’llah Khomeini and, on the other hand by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the successor of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
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