Home / Library / Articles / The Making of a Marjaʿ: Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age

The Making of a Marjaʿ: Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age

This paper examines the phenomenon of marjaʿiyya, considers how one becomes a marjaʿ, and traces the rise of Sīstānī to the pre-eminent position that he now holds and juxtaposes his model of leadership with other modern Shiʿi models of religious authority articulated by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and Bāqir al-Ṣadr in Iraq.

Anyone considering the question of religious authority among the contemporary Shiʿa not least in Iraq will recognize the paramount significance of Ayatollah Sīstānī, described as the most important marjaʿ in the world. This paper examines the phenomenon of marjaʿiyya, considers how one becomes a marjaʿ, and traces the rise of Sīstānī to the pre-eminent position that he now holds and juxtaposes his model of leadership with other modern Shiʿi models of religious authority articulated by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and Bāqir al-Ṣadr in Iraq. Marjaʿiyya is a multivocal and in many ways a quintessentially modern institution that has proved to be highly resilient and adaptable in the face of challenges coming from globalizing modernity. In Iraq and in the region, Sīstānī has proven to be the most effective non-state wielder of authority and influence not just among believers but more widely in society and constitutes the most successful example of the Shiʿi marjaʿiyya in modern times.

Bibliographic Information

Title: The Making of a Marjaʿ: Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age

Author: Sajjad Rizvi

Published in: Sociology of Islam

 Language: English

Length: 25 pages

The Making of a Marjaʿ Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age

About Ali Teymoori

Check Also

Brief History of the Prophet (s) and His Daughter Fatima (a), the Confluence of two Lights

This lecture look at the Prophet [SAW], and his daughter Bibi Fatima [AS] who constitutes the link in between the Prophet [SAW] and the line of the Imams [AS]...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Google Analytics Alternative