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Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi'ism

Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi'ism

2016-08-02
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Twelve Infallible Men focuses on the role of narratives of the imams in the development of a distinct Shi’a identity. During the tenth century, at a critical juncture in Islamic history, a group of scholars began assembling definitive works containing accounts of the twelve imams’ lives. These collective biographies constructed a sacred history, portraying the imams as strong, beautiful, learned, and pious. Miracles surrounded their birth, and they became miracle workers in turn, but were nevertheless betrayed and martyred by enemies.
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