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Struggling with Political Limitation: Shaykh al‑Mufid’s Approach to Shi'i Juristic Authority

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Struggling with Political Limitation: Shaykh al‑Mufid’s Approach to Shi'i Juristic Authority

Rasekh, Ali-Ahmad (2016) Struggling with Political Limitation: Shaykh al‑Mufid’s Approach to Shi'i Juristic Authority. Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, IX (1). pp. 63-94.

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Abstract

In this paper, I investigate how Shaykh al‑Mufid approached juristic authority or delegacy in early Shi'i thought in the fourth/tenth century. I explore Shi'i juristic authority in light of the doctrine of deputyship to suggest that deputyship and therefore the juristic authority that is based upon it were apolitical in Mufid’s approach. There is no clear evidence in Mufid’s writings that he regarded the jurists as possessing both the power to judge in the community and to administer the affairs of its members – that is to be a political leader. Deputyship for Mufid is limited to the judgeship.

Divisions:Concordia University
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Rasekh, Ali-Ahmad
Journal or Publication:Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies
Date:2016
Keywords:deputyship, juristic authority, al‑Shaykh al‑Mufid, Shi'ism, niyabah, Ali Ahmad Rasekh
ID Code:981793
Deposited By: ALI-AHMAD RASEKH
Deposited On:24 Oct 2016 13:52
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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