Le Guide divin dans le Shïïsme originel. Aux sources de l'ésotérisme en islam
The Imam, the Divine Guide, is the central point around which the Shi'ite religion turns. The power of Shi'ism comes from the actions of the Imam. This title is reserved exclusively for the sucessors of the prophets in their mission. The author shows that from the beginning of Shi'ite Islam until the tenth century, the Imam was primarily a master of knowledge with supernat...more
Paperback, Collection "Islam spirituel", 378 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Verdier
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An excellent discussion of the full meaning of the imamate as a spiritual, not just a political, reality, with a heavy emphasis on metaphysical and mystical ideas within Shi`ism. The sheer breadth of the sources employed makes this a truly exceptional work. The Imam is the intellect without and the intellect is the Imam within!