Baqir al-Sadr's Quest for the Marjaʿiya

Talib Aziz

in The Most Learned of the Shiʿa

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849055 | DOI:
Baqir al-Sadr's Quest for the Marjaʿiya

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This chapter looks at the political/religious legacy of Baqir al-Sadr based on a careful study of his writings and on interviews with his colleagues and close associates. Baqir al-Sadr wanted religious scholarly ideas to be accessible to educated Muslims. Consequently, attempting to abandon the obtuse writing style characteristic of the hawzas, he wrote in a straighforward language. But his contribution was as much substance as form. For example, al-Sadr proposed a new taxonomy of the legal system that had implications for the structure of society, including the marital relationship. One of Baqir al-Sadr's main focuses was on the institution of the marjaʿ iya itself, citing as one of its primary shortcomings the absence of an organizational structure.

Keywords: Shiʿism; Islam; religious ideas; legal system; marja' iya

Chapter.  4839 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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