Academic Research

Academic Research 2018-01-10T03:36:17-08:00
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ACADEMIC RESEARCH

WDFardMuhammad

The identity of Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, has puzzled scholars for decades. A new book by John Andrew Morrow may help us better determine his origins.[...]

jahiliyya prophethood

A cross-pollination of religious influences in pre-Islamic Arabia resulted in a budding monotheistic tradition and conception of prophethood.[...]

imami legal theory benefits harms maslaha

This article examines the theological principle of “divine laws are subordinate to benefits and harms” in context of Imāmī Shīʿi legal theory.[...]

A critical review of Matthew Pierce’s Twelve Infallible Men (2016) and evaluates his approaches to the study of Shīʿi ḥadīth sources.[...]

Ziyara review

A State-of-the-Field review of academic scholarship on Shī’ī ziyārāṭ. This essay compares recent theoretical, geographic, and temporal approaches to ziyāra rituals.[...]

adam's peak sri lanka

This article examines the early Islamic notion that Adam, the promulgator of the human species, descended to India from heaven. Readers are introduced to Adam's Peak, a mysterious mountain in Sri Lanka that is revered by some Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians alike.[...]

This article examines a ziyāra text from Ibn Qūlawayh’s (d.978/9) Kāmil al-Ziyārāt (The Perfection of the Visitations) by engaging with the poetic performativity of the ritual discourse. [...]

sufism hodgson

Marshall Hodgson gives a thoughtful analysis into some of the spiritual traditions in Shīʿism and the possible outside influences on those traditions. However, he fails to keep the same critical standards in his analysis of historical Sufism.[...]

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