This article outlines the potential to contribute to the scholarship on sectarianism and the literature on Muslims in Europe. While also previewing the five articles included in the special issue, it proposes a framework to unpack the diverse nature and complex shaping of...Read More »
Religious Precept of Congregational Prayer in Masjid al-Ḥarām and Masjid al-Nabī
it is emphasized in our ḥadīths issued by Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) to pray in Masjid al-Ḥarām or Masjid al-Nabī with those who are not Shiites, to participate in their prayers and, to follow them in...Read More »
Conference: Shia Studies in Twenty-First Century
This online conference engages Shia studies scholars from across the globe in discussion of various themes in Shia theology, polemics, and...Read More »
Art, Allegory and the Rise of Shiʻism in Iran, 1487-1565
Transforming our understanding of Persian art, this impressive interdisciplinary book decodes some of the world’s most exquisite medieval paintings. It reveals the hidden meaning behind ...Read More »
Grand Ayatollah Sistani Explains the Duties of Shiʻā in the time of Imam Mahdi’s (AJ) Occultation
In response to a question, the Grand Ayatollah Sistani provided advice for believers in the era of the occultation of Imam Mahdi (AJ).....Read More »
If the Shi‘ah are Right, then Why Are They in the Minority?
Recognition of truth from falsehood is not determined by the fewness or plentitude of followers. Today the Muslims compared to the non-Muslims in the world constitute one-fifth or...Read More »
Why Do the Shīʻahs Combine Prayers?
The Shīʻahs acknowledge the five obligatory daily prayers. However, they frequently combine the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers by offering them consecutively during the time period defined by the start of Zuhr and the end of....Read More »
The Shi‘a in Modern South Asia: Religion, History and Politics
This book brings together a selection of papers first presented at the conference ‘Contesting Shi‘ism: Isna ‘Ashari and Isma‘ili Shi‘ism in South Asia’ held at Royal Holloway, University of London, in...Read More »
History of the Shi‘a in the Time of Imam Sajjad (a)
In this article, Imam Sajjad’s devotional and political activities are examined in terms of his efforts to enjoin good and forbid evil, divulge the Umayyad’s crimes, and resist against oppressive rulers to...Read More »
What Kind of a Relationship Can a Boy & Girl Have after the Proposal, before Marriage?
From Islam’s point of view men and women are supplementary to each other and have been created for each other. In this regard the Quran says: “And of His signs is that He created for...Read More »