Fadlallah and the Remaking of 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:
Fadlallah and the Remaking of the Marjaʿiya

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While some of Khomeini's ideas have been branded as unorthodox by more traditional mujtahids, those of Muhammad Fadlallah of Lebanon have engendered even more controversy. This chapter shows how Fadlallah differs from other fuqaha and how these differences might precipitate changes in the institution of the marjaʿ iya. Through his statements, and comparisons of these with the work of other jurists, it demonstrates how dramatically different Fadlallah's approach to social issues is from mainstream Shi'i thought, as put forward by the grand marja'. In reading these rulings, it should also be kept in mind that Fadlallah served as Khu'i's representative for twenty-five years.

Keywords: Shiʿism; Muhammad Fadlallah; Lebanon; fuqaha; marja' iya; social issues; jurists

Chapter.  5763 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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