Scripturalist Islam: The History and Doctrines of the AkhbaĚ„riĚ„ ShiĚ„ĘiĚ„ School

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BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 339 pages
The Akhb?r? School dominated the intellectual landscape of Im?m? Shi?ism between the Seventeenth and early Nineteenth Centuries. Its principal doctrines involved a reliance on scripture (primarily the sayings or akhb?r of the Shi?ite Imams) and a rejection of the rational exegetical techniques which had become orthodox doctrine in Im?m? theology and law. However, the Akhb?r's were not simple literalists, as they are at times portrayed in secondary literature. They developed a complex theory of exegesis in which texts could be interpreted, whilst at the same time remaining doggedly committed to the ability of the revelatory texts to provide answers to theological and legal questions arising within the Sh community. This book is the first in-depth study of the intellectual development and historical influence of the Akhb?r? School.
 

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Contents

The AkhbariUsuli Dispute and the Early Akhbari School
1
Muhammad Amin alAstarabadi and the Formation of the Akhbari School
31
Astarabadis Legal Thought
61
Astarabadis Theological and Philosophical Thought
102
The Spread of Akhbarism after Astarabad?
140
Defining the AkhbariUsuli Conflict
177
Akhbari Quranic Interpretation
216
Sunna and the Akhbar in Akhbari Jurisprudence
245
Akhbari Hermeneutics
268
Conclusions
297
Akhbari Scholars from Astarabadi to the End of the Thirteenth Century AH
306
Difference Lists detailing the Differences between Akhbaris and Usulis
311
Muhammad Amin alAstarabadis Fatwa for Shah Abbas alSafawi on the Purity of Wine
315
References
321
Index
335
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Robert Gleave, PhD (1996) in Islamic Studies, University of Manchester, is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. He has published extensively on Shi'ism, focusing on Twelver Shi'ite legal hermeneutics.

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