Journal Article

The Study of Resilience and Decay in Ulema Groups: Tunisia and Iran as an Example

Kamel Ghozzi

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 63, issue 3, pages 317-334
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712472
The Study of Resilience and Decay in Ulema Groups: Tunisia and Iran as an Example

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This paper suggests that resilience of ulema groups in adverse environments highly depends upon the levels of their accumulation of three institutional and symbolic capitals; namely doctrinal consensus institutional autonomy and leadership charisma. The author uses the examples of Tunisia and Iran to show that the success of ulema institutions to secure a working combination of all three capitals is in tum highly shaped by the possibilities of history, the potentialities of environment, and the imaginative capabilities of the ulema themselves.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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