In Praise of the Few: Studies in Shiʿi Thought and History is a selection of Etan Kohlberg’s research on Shiʿi Islam over a period of fifty years. It includes previously published articles, revised dissertation chapters, and a full bibliography of the author’s work. Divided into two parts, the collection begins with chapters from Kohlberg’s Oxford doctoral dissertation (1971) and related articles that investigate Sunni and Shiʿi views on the Prophet’s Companions and debates concerning the extent of their authority as sources of religious knowledge. Part Two traces the doctrinal and historical developments pertaining to various dimensions of Imāmī Shiʿi intellectual tradition such as theology, hadith, law, jurisprudence, and exegesis.
Etan Kohlberg is emeritus Professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses mainly on Shiʿi doctrine, history, and literature.
Amin Ehteshami is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter. His main areas of research are exegesis, theology, and jurisprudence. He received his doctorate in Islamic studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
All interested in Shiʿi intellectual tradition, Islamic theology, and history of religion.