University of Cambridge Oriental Publications: God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam Series Number 37

University of Cambridge Oriental Publications: God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam Series Number 37

Description

This study examines how religious authority was distributed in early Islam. It argues the case that, as in Shi'ism, it was concentrated in the head of state, rather than dispersed among learned laymen as in Sunnism. Originally the caliph was both head of state and ultimate source of religious law; the Sunni pattern represents the outcome of a conflict between the caliph and early scholars who, as spokesmen of the community, assumed religious leadership for themselves. Many Islamicists have assumed the Shi'ite concept of the imamate to be a deviant development. In contrast, this book argues that it is an archaism preserving the concept of religious authority with which all Muslims began.


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Details

Author(s)
Patricia Crone, Martin Hinds, Faculty of Oriental Studies
Format
Paperback | 164 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 10mm | 210g
Publication date
18 Sep 2003
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
Illustrations note
Worked examples or Exercises
ISBN10
0521541115
ISBN13
9780521541114
Bestsellers rank
782,567