11. Shiism - The Shia In the pre-modern period...

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Unformatted text preview: The Shia In the pre-modern period Representative Jo Ann Davis, Republican of Virginia, who heads a House intelligence subcommittee charged with overseeing the CIA's performance in recruiting Islamic spies and analyzing information, was similarly dumbfounded when I asked her if she knew the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. "Do I?" she asked me. A look of concentration came over her face. "You know, I should.- Jeff Stein, Can you tell a Sunni from a Shiite? Its Not a Trick Question, International Herald Tribune , October 18, 2006. A thumbnail overview A thumbnail overview religious authority is with the family of the Prophet Three groups of Shia: Zaydis (5ers), Ismailis (7ers) and Imamites (12ers) doctrine of taqiyya (dissimulation) Celebration of Ashura different legal tradition (different collections of hadith) Early Shia history Early Shia history Historiographical considerations Prophet designates Ali his successor at Ghadir Khumm on the 18th of Dhu al-Hijja Ali is killed in 40/661 by a Kharijite...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course HISTORY 210 taught by Professor St. john during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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11. Shiism - The Shia In the pre-modern period...

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