Introduction to Shi'i Islam

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
10 weeks
Weekly Study
Jan 28-Apr 7
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January 28, 2021

Syllabus (PDF, October 2020)

This course focuses on Shi`i Islam, and in particular on the Ithna `Ashariyyih (or Twelver) school of Shi`i Islam, to which belong the vast majority of Shi`is today. It looks at the history of this religious group and its distinctive teachings. In particular it looks at the causes of the splitting of Shi`ism from the main body of Islam, the history and doctrine of the Imamate, the Twelfth Imam, and the developments in Shi`ism leading up to the present day.

The primary textbook for the course is Moojan Momen, Introduction to Shí’í Islam (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1985), ISBN 978-0300035315 (paperback), $30 ($23.57 through Amazon). Used copies are available from Amazon as low as $8.50.

Meet Your Faculty
Moojan Momen, MD
WI Department Co-Chair, Author

Dr. Moojan Momen was born in Iran, but was raised and educated in England, attending the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the study of Shi`i Islam and the Bahá’í Faith, both from the viewpoint of their history and their doctrines. In recent years, his interests have... See Faculty Bio

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