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Introduction

Adam R. Gaiser

in Muslims, Scholars, Soldiers

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199738939
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894598 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738939.003.0001

Series: AAR ACADEMY SER

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The introduction presents a solution to the problem of Khārijite “exceptionalism” whereby Khārijite notions of political legitimacy are treated as either unique or archaic. This tendency remains the main weakness in many studies of the Khārijites and, by extension, the IbādΔiyya. To counter this trend, this study examines the Khārijite and IbādΔī Imāmate traditions as products of a specifically Islamic milieu—that is, as connected to pre-Islamic and early Islamic notions of legitimate political authority—and uses the concept of the masālik al-din (“stages of religion”) as an organizing principle. Finally, it briefly surveys the major textual traditions of the IbādΔī corpus.

Keywords: Khārijites; IbādΔiyya; imāmate; Masālik al-Din; political theory

Chapter.  7039 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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