Guardians of Shi'Ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks
Edinburgh University Press

Guardians of Shi'Ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks

  • Publish Date: 2015-01-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Elvire Corboz

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Through the lens of two families of religious scholars (al-Hakim and al-Khu'i), Guardians of Shi'ism compares the multifaceted roles played by clerics with narratives about the traditional system of religious authority, political organisations, and international charities. The book maps clerical networks and their encounters with communities and states across the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, South-East Asia, and the West. This multi-sited approach aims to clarify the local and transnational dynamics that underpin clerical authority.


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