Middle East Today

Political Thought in Contemporary Shi‘a Islam

Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din

Authors: Kawtharani, Farah

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  • Offers an intellectual analysis of leading Shi’i thinker and community leader Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din
  • Analyzes the political thought of Shams al-Din mainly surrounding the issue of government and governmental authority
  • Examines mistrust between the Shi‘i populations, Arab governments, and the larger non-Shi‘i populations
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About this book

This book offers an intellectual history of one of the leading Shi’i thinkers and religious leaders of the 20th-century in Lebanon, Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din. The author examines his role as the foremost figure of Shi’i intellectual life, a key associate of Musa al-Sadr, and president of the Islamic Shi‘i Supreme Council of Lebanon, having maintained the independence of this institution until his death from the domination of Shi‘i political parties. The core of the book consists of three interrelated main themes that constitute the major threads of Shams al-Din’s intellectual legacy: a discussion of Islamic government involving a critique of Khomeini’s theory of wilāyat al-faqīh, the role of Islam within civil government, and the necessity for political integration of the Shi‘a in their Arab nation-states to protect them from policies that raise doubts over their political allegiance to their respective countries. The project will appeal to scholars, students, academics, and researchers in Middle Eastern politics and history.

About the authors

Farah W. Kawtharani has been Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Visiting Scholar at Concordia University, USA.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-29

    Kawtharani, Farah W.

  • Shams al-Din and the Islamic Scene of Lebanon in the Turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s

    Pages 31-60

    Kawtharani, Farah W.

  • The Shi‘i Imamate Doctrine: Historical and Conceptual Developments

    Pages 61-102

    Kawtharani, Farah W.

  • Against the Absolutist Government: Shams al-Din’s Critique of Khomeini’s Thesis Wilāyat al-Faqīh

    Pages 103-130

    Kawtharani, Farah W.

  • (Im)Permissibility of Cooperation with Unjust Rulers and Modern Governments in Shi‘i Doctrine

    Pages 131-153

    Kawtharani, Farah W.

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eBook $64.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 26, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28056-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Thought in Contemporary Shi‘a Islam
Book Subtitle
Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din
Authors
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28057-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28057-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28056-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 241
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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