Article Review: “The Crisis of the Imamate and the Institution of Occultation in Twelver Shiʿism”

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July 7, 2018

Bilal Muhammad is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute For Islamic Studies. He is also an MA Candidate at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, B.Ed at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and Honors BA in Political Science and History at the University of Toronto. He is an educator and researcher based in Toronto, Canada.

Summary

This paper is a critical review of Saïd Amir Arjomand’s article “The Crisis of the Imamate and the Institution of Occultation in Twelver Shiʿism.” Arjomand illustrates a scathing timeline of hurdles leading up to the occultation of the Twelfth Imam. While Arjomand highlights some important crises, the article is full of tenuous claims and disjointed facts. Such a topic must be investigated with clarity and accuracy.

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Bilal Muhammad

Bilal Muhammad is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute For Islamic Studies. He is also an MA Candidate at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, B.Ed at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and Honors BA in Political Science and History at the University of Toronto. He is an educator and researcher based in Toronto, Canada.
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