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Studies in Medieval Shi'ism

1st Edition

By Wilferd Madelung, edited by Sabine Schmidtke


326 pages

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Hardback: 9781409450115
pub: 2012-11-22

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This volume complements the selections of Wilferd Madelung's articles previously published by Variorum (Religious Schools and Sects in Medieval Islam, and Religious and Ethnic Movements in Medieval Islam). The first articles here examine legal and political aspects of early Shi`ism. The following studies relate to doctrinal views of the Zaydi imams al-Qasim b. Ibrahim al-Rassi and al-Natiq bi-l-Haqq and to Zaydi attitudes to Sufism. The final group focuses on the Isma`iliyya, their social and political history and aspects of their religious thought. A detailed index completes the volume.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Shi’a: ’Abd Allah b. Abbas and Shi’ite law; Shi’ism in the age of the rightly-guided caliphs. Part II Zaydiyya: Zu einigen Werken des Imams Abu Talib an-Natiq bi l-Haqq; Imam al-Qasim ibn Ibrahim and Mu’tazilism; Al-Qasim ibn Ibrahim and Christian theology; Zaydi attitudes to Sufism. Part III Isma’iliyya: Das Imamat in der frühen ismailitischen Lehre; Abu Ya’qub al-Sijistani and metempsychosis; Abu Ya’qub al-Sijistani and the seven faculties of the intellect; The Fatimids and the Qarmatis of Bahrayn; Hamdan Qarmat and the Da’i Abu ’Ali; The religious policy of the Fatimids toward their Sunni subjects in the Maghrib; A treatise on the Imamate of the Fatimid caliph al-Mansur bi-Allah; An Ismaili interpretation of Ibn Sina’s Qasidat al-Nafs; Shahriyar b. al Hasan: a Persian Isma’ili da’i of the Fatimid age; Kawn al-'Alam: the cosmogony of the Isma’ili da’i Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Nasafi; Indexes.

About the Authors

Wilferd Madelung was Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford, and is an Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, UK. Sabine Schmidtke is Director of the Research Unit on Intellectual History of the Islamicate World and Professor in the Institute of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Medieval