• The world's 200 million Shi'i Muslims express their faith in a multiplicity of ways, united by reverence for the ahl al-baytinfo-icon, the family of the Prophet. In embracing a pluralistic ethic, fourteen centuries of Shi'i Islam have given rise to diverse traditions and practices across varied geographic and cultural landscapes. The Shi'i World is a comprehensive work authored by leading scholars from assorted disciplines, to provide a better understanding of how Shi'i communities view themselves and articulate their teachings. The topics range from Shi'i Islam's historical and conceptual foundations, formative figures and intellectual, legal and moral traditions, to its devotional practices, art and architecture, literature, music and cinema, as well as expressions and experiences of modernity. The book thus provides a panoramic perspective of the richly textured narratives that have shaped the social and moral universe of Shi'i Muslims around the globe.

    This fourth volume in the Muslim Heritage Series will appeal to specialists and general readers alike, as a timely resource on the prevailing complexities not only of the 'Muslim world', but also of the dynamic Shi'i diasporas of Europe and North America.

  • List of Illustrations ix

    About the Contributors xi

    Introduction 1

    Far had Daf tary , Amyn B. Sajoo and Shain ool Jiwa

    1. Remembering Muhammad 11

    Omid Safi

    2. Imaminfo-icon Ali 33

    Reza Shah -Kazemi

    3. Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq and the Elaboration of Shi‘isminfo-icon 56

    Karim Douglas Crow

    4. Legal Traditions 78

    Andrew J. New man

    5. Intellectual Traditions 94

    Paul E. Walker

    6. Governance and Pluralism under the Fatimidsinfo-icon 111

    Shainool Jiwa

    7. Moral Authority in the Safawid State 131

    Rula J. Abisaab

    8. Devotional Practices 150

    Ali S. Asani

    9. Shi‘i Communities in History 169

    Farhad Daftary

    10. Remembering Fatimainfo-icon and Zaynab: Gender in Perspective 210

    Zayn Kassam and Bridget Blomfield

    11. Art and Architecture 228

    Jonathan M. Bloom

    12. Literature 257

    Eric Ormsby

    13. M usic 280

    William Sumits

    14. Shi‘ism in Iranian Cinema 300

    Nacim Pak -Shiraz

    15. Diasporas 326

    Zulfikar Hir i and Karen Ruffle

    16. M odernity: The Ethics of Identity 349

    Amyn B. Sajoo

    Glossary 371

    Index 378

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  • Dr Farhad Daftary

    Farhad Daftary completed his early and secondary education in Tehran, Rome, and London, before going to Washington, D.C., in 1958. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the American University there, and then continued his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, leading to a Ph.D. degree in 1971. Subsequently, Dr. Daftary held different teaching posts, and, since 1988, he has been affiliated with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he is currently Co-Director and Head (since 1992) of the Department of Academic Research and Publications.Read more

    Dr Amyn Sajoo

    Amyn B. Sajoo is a Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies in Vancouver, Canada. A specialist in international human rights, civil society and public ethics, Dr Sajoo was educated at King's College London and McGill University, Montreal. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, McGill, Simon Fraser University and The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and was a 2005 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Dr Sajoo earlier served as a human rights advisor with the Canadian department of Justice in Ottawa. He also served as a Canada-ASEAN...Read more

    Dr. Shainool Jiwa

    Dr Shainool Jiwa
    Dr Shainool Jiwa is the Head of Constituency Studies and a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Department of Community Relations from 2005 to 2012. She was also the founding coordinator of the Qur’anic Studies Project at the IIS (2002-2005). Dr Jiwa is a specialist in Fatimid history, having completed her Master’s degree from McGill University and her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. As a senior faculty member, Dr Jiwa teaches on the IIS graduate programmes (GPISH & STEP) and contributes to the development of the...Read more