Authority and Political Culture in Shi'ism

Edited by Saïd Amir Arjomand

Subjects: Islam
Paperback : 9780887066399, 393 pages, July 1988
Hardcover : 9780887066382, 393 pages, July 1988

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Table of contents



1 Introduction: Shi'ism, Authority, and Political Culture

Said Amir Arjomand

Part I: Essays

2 Imam and Community in the Pre-Ghayba Period

Etan Kohlberg

3 The Evolution of Popular Eulogy of the Imams among the Shi'a

Mohammad-Dja'far Mahdjoub

Translated And Adapted By John R. Perry

4 The Mujtahid of the Age and the Mulla-bashi: An Intermediate Stage in the Institutionalization of Religious Authority in Shi'ite Iran

Said Amir Arjomand

5 In Between the Madrasa and the Marketplace: The Designation of Clerical Leadership in Modern Shi'ism

Abbas Amanat

6 Constitutionalism and Clerical Authority

Abdol Karim Lahidji

7 Shari'at Sangalaji: A Reformist Theologian of the Rida Shah Period

Yann Richard

Translated By Kathryn Arjomand

8 Ideological Revolution in Shi'ism

Said Amir Arjomand

Part II: Selected Sources

9 An Annotated Bibliography on Government and Statecraft

Mohammad-Taqi Danishpazhouh

Translated And Adapted By Andrew Newman

10 'Allama al-Hilli on the Imamate and Ijtihad

Translated And Edited By John Cooper

11 Two Decrees of Shah Tahmasp Concerning Statecraft and the Authority of Shaykh 'All al-Karaki

Translated And Edited By Said Amir Arjomand

12 The Muqaddas al-Ardabili on Taqlid

Translated And Edited By John Cooper

13 Two Seventeenth-Century Persian Tracts on Kingship and Rulers

Translated And Edited By William C. Chittick

14 Lives of Prominent Nineteenth-Century 'Ulama' from Tunika-buni's Qisas al-'Ulama'

Translated And Edited By Hamid Dabashi

15 An Exchange between a Mujtahid and a Qajar Official

Translated By Hamid Dabashi

16 Two Clerical Tracts on Constitutionalism

Translated And Edited By Hamid Dabashi

17 Clerical Authority in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran



The major theme of this book is authority in Shi`ism with special emphasis on its institutionalization in different historic periods from the beginning of Shi`ism in the Middle Ages to the present.

Part I presents new material on important or neglected issues that are at the center of current scholarly debate, including the fundamental relationship between knowledge and authority in pristine Shi`ism, aspects of popular culture in medieval Shi`ism, the institutionalization of religious authority in Shi`ite Iran from the 16th to 18th centuries, and the centralization of religious authority in the 19th century. The editor provides an analysis of the ideological revolution in Shi`ism during the 1970s and 1980s. Important documents and primary sources have been selected for Part II representing the major trends in the history of Shi`ism. With two exceptions, these sources have neither been available in English translation nor easily accessible in the original Arabic or Persian. An extensive introduction by the editor effectively connects Parts I and II of the book.

Said Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.