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Author: Etan Kohlberg

1 Introduction Students of Imāmī Shiʿism have long noticed the central place which taqiyya in its various forms occupies in the life and thought of Shiʿis. Some scholars have explained this phenomenon by referring to the position of the Shiʿis as a minority within the surrounding Sunni

In: In Praise of the Few. Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History
Author: Etan Kohlberg

Uṣūlī position, that the single most important source of law is the traditions of the Imams. These provide the community with an infallible guide to all aspects of life; they are also indispensable for a correct understanding of the Qurʾan and the Prophet’s utterances. Indeed, without the exegesis of

In: In Praise of the Few. Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History