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Published: 08 October 1998

296 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195119152

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The Just Ruler in Shi'ite Islam

The Comprehensive Authority of the Jurist in Imamite Jurisprudence

Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina

The Islamic regime that came to power after the 1978-79 Iranian revolution justified the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeni, and the Shi'ite imams in general, on the basis of the doctrine that the Islamic jurist is best suited to rule with justice in an Islamic country. Arguing that this concept has no apparent parallel in Sunni Islam, this study explores its origins in the Sunni/Shi'ite schism, which took place after the death of the Prophet, and traces its evolution to the present day. Sachedina presents the first in-depth analysis of an Islamic phenomenon of vital contemporary social and political importance.

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