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Political Thought in Contemporary Shi‘a Islam

Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din

Palgrave Macmillan

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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

Part of the book series: Middle East Today (MIET)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Farah W. Kawtharani
    Pages 1-29
  3. Shams al-Din and Sectarianism in Lebanon

    • Farah W. Kawtharani
    Pages 155-197
  4. Where Islam Stands in Civil Government

    • Farah W. Kawtharani
    Pages 199-221
  5. Conclusion

    • Farah W. Kawtharani
    Pages 223-227
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 229-241

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.

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.

Keywords

  • Shia Islam
  • MIddle East
  • Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din
  • Lebanon
  • Hezbollah
  • Middle Eastern politics
  • political Islam
  • Lebanon
  • Islamic governance
  • Middle Eastern history

Authors and Affiliations

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Farah W. Kawtharani

About the author

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.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-28057-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)