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Shi'a

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Ansariyan Publications (first published June 1979)
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Tim
Mar 05, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tim by: Abraham Al-janabi
Approaching religion in general and Islam in particular as a seeker drawn to the esoteric or deep underlying meaning of religious truisms, I was blessed to be able to be influenced heavily by Sufism during my conversion process and subsequently in my life as a Muslim. I specifically have steered clear of sectarian divisions between Sunni-Shia during this time as I have tried to the best of my abilities to understand the basics of all of Islam: Qur'an, Hadith, common Islamic theology, Shariah, me ...more
Mehwish Mughal
Aug 05, 2015 Mehwish Mughal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mehwish by: Mjaballah
I think this is one of the most beautiful books that I had read on Islam in general.

This book was not about what is right with Shi'ism and wrong with Sunnism (as per my original perception since it is written by a Shia Scholar), on the contrary it was a complete guidebook for understanding Islam as a whole.

The breakdown of chapters:
Chapter One was dedicated to the split between Sunni and Shia and continued onto the second chapter which talked about the divisions within Shia Islam. Chapters Thre
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Payam
Oct 03, 2012 Payam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introductory book to Shi'a Islam. The core principles are explained in sufficient detail by an authoritative individual. Having said that, the book is not exhaustive in its arguments nor does it satisfy a person's search for Shi'a answers. It is simply an introductory book. A good read overall.
Grady McCallie
Jan 27, 2015 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it
In assigning stars to a book on religion, I don't presume to evaluate the substance of an author's faith, and for this book, I am wholly unqualified to judge whether Tabatabai accurately summarizes and reflects the history and core beliefs of the Shi'a tradition. However, the version I read, translated into English by Sayyid Husayn Nasr, provides an excellent and accessible overview of the history of Shi'ite faith. The proofs of God and the discussion of divine characteristics and qualities show ...more
Garth Hekler
Feb 10, 2009 Garth Hekler is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
THis book is a follow up to "An introduction to Shi'i Islam." While the former book falls into the category of crtical scholarship, this book is written by very well respected Shia scholar. This book was billed as an important inseiders view of the Shia branch of Islam.
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Allamah Sayyed Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai is one of the greatest and the most original thinkers of the contemporary Muslim world. He was a prolific writer and an inspiring teacher who devoted the whole of his life to Islamic studies. His interests were varied and the scope of his learning was vast. His books number about forty-four, three of which are collections of his articles on various aspects ...more
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