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Introduction to Shi'i Islam

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 17-Nov 4
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September 17, 2020

Shoghi Effendi states that the Bahá'í Faith started as "a heterodox and seemingly negligible offshoot of the Shaykhi school of the Ithna-'Ashariyyih [Twelver] sect of Shi'ah Islam" (God Passes By xii). In this course we will look at the split into Sunni and Shi'ah sects, the history and doctrine of the Imamate, the Twelfth Imam, and the developments in Shi'ism (especially the Shaykhi movement) that led to the Bábí and Bahá'í Faiths.

The primary text for this course is Moojan Momen,  Introduction to Shi'i Islam (George Ronald or Yale University Press, 1985); new and second-hand copies can be obtained from Amazon, and second-hand copies, from ABEbooks and The book is also available as an e-book on Google Play.

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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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