The Shi’i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

The Shi’i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

Volume 4 of Muslim Heritage Series

Edited by: Farhad Daftary, Amyn B. Sajoo, Shainool Jiwa

Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd (September 29, 2015)

Series: Muslim Heritage Series

The world’s 200 million Shi’i Muslims express their faith in a multiplicity of ways, united by reverence for the ahl al-bayt, the family of the Prophet. In embracing a pluralistic ethic, fourteen centuries of Shi’i Islam have given rise to diverse traditions and practices across varied geographic and cultural landscapes. The Shi’i World is a comprehensive work authored by leading scholars from assorted disciplines, to provide a better understanding of how Shi’i communities view themselves and articulate their teachings. The topics range from Shi’i Islam’s historical and conceptual foundations, formative figures and intellectual, legal and moral traditions, to its devotional practices, art and architecture, literature, music and cinema, as well as expressions and experiences of modernity. The book thus provides a panoramic perspective of the richly textured narratives that have shaped the social and moral universe of Shi’i Muslims around the globe. This fourth volume in the Muslim Heritage Series will appeal to specialists and general readers alike, as a timely resource on the prevailing complexities not only of the ‘Muslim world’, but also of the dynamic Shi’i diasporas of Europe and North America.


  1. Remembering Muhammad (Omid Safi)
  2. Imam Ali (Reza Shah-Kazemi)
  3. Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq and the Elaboration of Shi‘ism (Karim Douglas Crow)
  4. Legal Traditions (Andrew J. Newman)
  5. Intellectual Traditions (Paul E. Walker)
  6. Governance and Pluralism under the Fatimids (909–996 CE) (Shainool Jiwa)
  7. Moral Authority in the Safawid State (Rula J. Abisaab)
  8. Devotional Practices (Ali S. Asani)
  9. Shi‘i Communities in History (Farhad Daftary)
  10. Remembering Fatima and Zaynab: Gender in Perspective (Zayn Kassam and Bridget Blomfield)
  11. Art and Architecture (Jonathan M. Bloom)
  12. Literature (Eric Ormsby)
  13. Music (William Sumits)
  14. Shi‘ism in Iranian Cinema (Nacim Pak-Shiraz)
  15. Diasporas (Zulfikar Hirji and Karen Ruffle)
  16. Modernity: The Ethics of Identity (Amyn B. Sajoo)

Source: I.B.Tauris

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