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The Marjaʿ and the Survival of a Community: The Shiʿa of Medina

Yousif Al-Khoei

in The Most Learned of the Shiʿa

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137996
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137996.003.0016
The Marjaʿ and the Survival of a Community: The Shiʿa of Medina

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This chapter portrays the little known Shiʿa community of Medina, the descendants of the earliest Muslim community. Suffering from discrimination in education, employment, and the freedom to practice their rituals and ceremonies, this community of Shi'a have sustained their beliefs, quietly coming together for prayer and praise of God, the prophet, and the Imams. Helping to sustain this shared identity is their commitment to following the marjaʿ taqlid.

Keywords: Shiʿism; Shia'a community; Medina; discrimination

Chapter.  2295 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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