An Introduction to Shi'i Islam: The History & Doctrines of by Moojan Momen

By Moojan Momen

This publication is a common creation to Shi’i Islam—specifically to Twelver Shi’ism, to which nearly all of Shi’is belong this present day.  It bargains with the heritage and improvement of this crucial faith, giving an account of Shi’i doctrines and focusing specifically on these parts during which it differs from Sunni Islam. 
“Momen’s e-book fills an incredible hole within the basic literature in English on Twelver Shi’ism, and may be conscientiously studied by way of someone who desires to be aware of extra approximately what's taking place within the center East today….This is a superb paintings which merits the widest attainable readership.”—Malise Ruthven, The center East
“An tremendous priceless reference resource at the institution and evolution of the Shi’ite department of the Islamic religion.”—Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., Perspective
“An unpretentious type, interpretive readability and . . . sound judgment symbolize Momen’s writings. many of the facets of Twelver Shi’ism are rigorously unusual to fulfill either the final reader and the aspiring student.”—Norman Calder, Times Literary Supplement
“Specialist and nonspecialist alike will reap the benefits of its lucid exposition of either elite and well known Shi’ism. particularly useful is the best way the paintings offers glossy serious scholarship on Shi’i background along the orthodox historical past, which nonetheless has nice effect at the religion’s self-understanding.”—Mel Piehl, Library Journal 
Moojan Momen has written generally on Iran and heart East religion.

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My study makes a distinction between the process of secularisation and the doctrine of secularism, as these terms carry various connotations that make it impossible to give them a precise definition. Whereas secularisation, as historical process, is partial and maintains openness to diverse religious worldviews, secularism, as a theory of truth, is comprehensive and operates on all levels of reality to privatise (and sometimes even oppose) religion. Secularism means a strict separation between religion and the public sphere and is a closed world view.

26 Copyright 2003 by Taylor & Francis Books, Inc. 28 While modem rationalism focuses on man's ability to think and reason and modem empiricism focuses on man's ability to experience, the interaction of the two may be said, in their complementarity, to constitute the very foundations of modem philosophy and science. The first pole is the faculty of reason that actually formulates the scientific theories and hypotheses and the second is the objective world of phenomena that supplies the raw materials of evidence and experiment by virtue of which scientific statements can be directly or indirectly verified.

In its mystical varieties, 'objectivist' epistemology ultimately considers knowledge as appropriation rather than considering knowledge as pure correspondence, since knowledge of the universe and its underlying reality must involve more than just the human mind as an agent of knowledge. 34While the Islamic jurists are primarily concerned with the latter form of knowledge, their point of departure is generally that the sources of law are directly imposed on the intellect, which also is of transcendent origin.

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