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Jan 08, 2011 Wayfarer rated it it was amazing
This is unlike your regular book on the Four Imams and their Schools and if you are expecting such, you're only setting yourself up for the fall (like some of the other reviewers). This is a superb piece of research in the english language and Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad has done a very commendable job. The selections which are presented under various sub-headings are well referenced - this alone makes it an ideal resource for students and would-be polemist. One get's the impression the underlying m ...more
This book makes a good companion to the Four Imāms by Muhammad Abu Zahra (d.1974) but as a standalone book it falls a little flat. The contents are laid out well making the structure easy to follow as well as making for an excellent resource guide as it is superbly researched and referenced as you would come to expect from the works of Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad, yet it is lacking in meeting the expectation you derive from its title. It contains many sub-sections with seamless unsystematic infor ...more
Bought this book in hope that it would have improved on Abu Zahra's work on the same subject. I was thoroughly disappointed, however. The language reads like it was translated from Arabic without consideration of English style or organization. I think that a reader familiar with Arabic Islamic books may find the book readable and make sense of the cryptic organization of facts. Others, however, may put the book down not having made sense of head from tail. Content-wise, the book is a pleasant co ...more