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The Shi'i World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity

Except for a handful of recent sources, there has been a lack of ample introductory level texts suitable for teaching Shi'ism to undergraduate students. Andrew Newman’s Twelver Shiism: Unity and Diversity in the Life of Islam, 632 to 1722 (Edinburgh U.P., 2013), Farhad Daftary’s A History of Shi6i Islam (I.B.Tauris, 2013) and Najam Haider’s Shi6i Islam: An Introduction (Cambridge U.P., 2014) have begun to fill in this gap. Daftary, and Amyn Sajoo and Shainool Jiwa,have added to this brief list the essays collected in The Shi6' World: Pathways in Tradition and Modernity. This is the fourth volume of the Muslim Heritage Series published by I.B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies.Chapters 1–9 concentrate on historical figures, formative scholars, theological developments, and imperial institutions that are widely considered central to teaching the historical development of Shi'i Islam. Chapters 10–16 pursue topical themes like art, literature, gender, cinema, and music within contemporary global Shi'ism.

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