Useful both as an introductory text on Shi‘i thought and practice as well as a contemporary expression, from within, of this vibrant and dynamic branch of the Muslim community, Doctrines of Shi‘i Islam upholds the validity of Shi‘i perspectives by rational arguments based on the Qur’an and the Sunna of the Prophet. Despite its comprehensive scope, it is a concise work composed of 150 short ‘articles’, some consisting of no more than a paragraph and others a few pages in length, providing an overall sketch of the essential elements of Shi‘i Islam and a vantage point from within the tradition itself.

The Imam Sadiq Institute, based in Qom, Iran, is under the supervision of Ayatollah Ja‘far Sobhani. Established in 1979 on ‘Id al-Ghadir (the anniversary of the designation and appointment by Prophet Muhammad of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib as Imam), the ISI endeavours to enrich theological discourse in the Muslim community through its mandate, which is to explore theology and theological issues in their contemporary contexts and its position and subsequent development through history; and to enrich the consciousness of the current generation on issues of Islam and its principles.