Mara A. Leichtman, the writer of the book, offers an in-depth study of Shi‘i Islam in two very different communities in Senegal: the well-established Lebanese diaspora and Senegalese "converts" from Sunni to Shi‘i Islam of recent decades...
Conflict and polemic between Sunni Muslims and Shiites have a long history. In the contemporary era, this polemic has been accentuated by the conflictual situation in the Middle East, and it is also colouring the minority Muslim...
This text is a detailed and well-referenced reply to the booklet “What is Shi’aism?” which has been printed in Nairobi and distributed throughout East Africa by the Wahhabis, in order to...
What is even more regrettable is that most of “differences” which perpetuate the sectarianism are based on misconceptions, false assumptions, and sometimes even lies. From politicians with special interests to pseudo-scholars who enjoy support based on hatred of...
The Ahl al-Sunnah generally consider it a sunnah to offer specific evening prayers – the Tarawih – in congregation during the holy month of Ramadan. The Shi’ah, while being commended to offer similar nawafil (recommended prayers), are not allowed to offer them in...
The relationship between taqlīd and ijtihād is complex. The purpose of this issue of Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies is to study the two approaches in greater depth, in the light of the Islamic heritage....
Born in Madina on 7th Safar 128 Hijri (10.11.745AD). Martyrdom in Baghdad Iraq 25th Rajab 183 Hijri (4.9.799 AD) Period of Imamate was 35 years. Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far (745-799) was born during the struggle between the Ummayads and the Abbasids. He was only four years old when Abul Abbas ...
Al-Demerdash al-Aghili is among the contemporary and official people guided to Shia religion. He was born in 1930 in Egypt in the middle region of Asyut, Aghal village in Hanafi, Sunnism family...
After the holy Prophet passed away the Muslims faced a dilemma, what do we do now? One group said after the Prophet we have to follow his successor –Imam Ali (P.B.U.H)- this is the principle of Shia school of thought. Another group claimed that...
A Minority within a Minority: the Complexity and Multilocality of Transnational Twelver Shia Networks in Britain
This article investigates the dynamics around the creation of transnational Shia communal spaces in north-west London, the public representation of Shia Muslim identities by networks and organizations based there to illustrate their multilocal connectivities and internal heterogeneity. Academic scholarship on Shia Muslim minorities in the West has described them as ...