Adam R. Gaiser

in Muslims, Scholars, Soldiers

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199738939
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894598 | DOI:



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The historical study of the IbādΔiyya offers a means by which scholars can gain a fresh perspective on the course of Islamic history by side-stepping the usual Sunni and Shi‘ite accounts and assumptions. IbādΔī imāmate theories offer a means to reassess the uniqueness of IbādΔī sectarian identity by tracing the development of the imāmate, and locating the historical precedents for it in the broader Islamic currents out of which the IbādΔiyya developed. In so doing, this study has attempted to correct the common scholarly misperception of the Khārijites and IbādΔiyya as anomalous cases in Islamic history. This study has offered a model for understanding how a religious institution develops, even across geographical boundaries, into an integral aspect of religious identity.

Keywords: Khārijites; IbādΔiyya; imāmate; Sunni; Shi‘ite; political theory

Chapter.  2899 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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