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Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722 (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)

09 May, 2015 15:54
Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722 (New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)
"Newman's analysis provides a valuable perspective and numerous insights into the long intellectual developments which it covers. Moreover, showing as it does what can be achieved through diligent application of the biographical and bibliographical sources, the work has much to offer as a model for further studies." -- George Warner, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 


"Twelver Shiism provides a historical account of the development of this sect, from the conflicts over the successors of the Prophet Muhammad following his death in 632 to the fall of the Safavid dynasty in 1722. Newman appeals to a Western, nonspecialist audience that will leave the reader with an understanding of the progression of Twelver Shi'ism as its followers learned to cope with the political and religious landscape that it encountered. The book pays special attention to the internal and external pressures that Twelvers faced, the diversity of the faith throughout its first millennium of existence, the development of the divide between religious scholars and lay believers, and the wide geographic distribution of pockets of Twelvers from Asia through the Middle East."-- The Middle East Journal 
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