Guardians of Shi'ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks (Paperback)
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Guardians of Shi'ism: Sacred Authority and Transnational Family Networks (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 31/03/2016
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For centuries, the Shi'i religious establishment has come to represent the most quintessential type of a transnational actor. How is clerical authority established and maintained across borders? This book explores the potential of transnational linkages in shaping leadership patterns in contemporary Shi'ism. Through the lens of two families of religious scholars, it 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.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9781474412131
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 434 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


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"Using extensive resources, meticulous research and a sophisticated conceptual framework, Elvire Corboz has given us an innovative study of transnational Shi'ism. She offers a fascinating portrait of the ways in which the Shi'i clergy uses institutional and philanthropic networks to construct and maintains its authority across national borders. The rich, nuanced and ecumenical portrait of the Shi'i marja'iyya in 'Guardians of Shi'ism' provides an important palliative to the sectarian lens that is all too often used to interpret Shi'ism in a narrow political and stereotypical manner." -- Eric Davis, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University


"Elvire Corboz has written an impressive study of the proliferation of clerical authority in modern Shi'ism, where the classical transnational marja'iyya increasingly cooperates with institutional forms of representation. Based on intense and diligent fieldwork, it is well written and totally devoid of fashionable jargon; the bibliography is comprehensive, and the index cannot but be called exemplary. It is required reading for anyone dealing with contemporary Shi'ite Islam." -- Rainer Brunner, Die Welt des Islams


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