1st Edition

Islam Without Allah? The Rise of Religious Externalism in Safavid Iran

By Colin Turner Copyright 2000
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    This ground-breaking and controversial work locates the antecedents of today's Islamic 'fundamentalism' in 16th and 17th century Iran and the forced conversion of the Sunnite population of Iran to the largely alien doctrines of Twelver Shi'ism; the concomitant extirpation of Sufism and philosophy; and the gradual rise of the 'faqih' or jurist.

    Chapter 1 Belief and submission reconsidered; Chapter 2 Religion in medieval Iran and the rise of the Safavids; Chapter 3 The consolidation of Safavid power and the rise of Twelver Shi’ite externalism; Chapter 4 ‘Allama Majlisi; Chapter 5 Externalism in focus; Chapter 6 Conclusions;


    Colin Turner

    'A masterpiece, which cannot be ignored by anyone interested in the history of the Twelvers and of Iran more generally.' - The Muslim World Book Review