Discovering Shi'i Islam,

Mohammad Ali Shomali

(London: 2010, Centre for Cultural & Ethical Studies, 7th edition)

ISBN 978-1-907917-01-1 (pbk)

ISBN 978-1-907917-00-4 (hbk)

 

 

About the book:

Discovering Shi‘i Islam studies the origins, main doctrines and practices of Shi‘i Islam and its sources, i.e. the Qur’an, the Sunnah, reason and consensus. It ends with a brief account of the latest statistics about the present Muslim population of the world along with a breakdown of religious affiliations of some countries with a long history of Shi‘i presence therein. This book has been published in Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Kiswahili, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Urdu, Turkish and Albanian.

Discovering Shi‘i Islam represents a sincere commitment to Islamic unity and is hoped to serve as a modest step towards Muslim brotherhood. Indeed, this book echoes the Qur’anic call for unity which extends to all people of faith to unify their efforts and concentrate on their common ground.

 

About the author:

Mohammad Ali Shomali is a graduate of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum and has also both BA and MA in western philosophy from theUniversity of Tehran. He has earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Manchester. His publications include: Self-Knowledge (1996 & 2006, also translated into Malay, Spanish and Kiswahili), Ethical Relativism: An Analysis of the Foundations of Morality (2001, also translated into Malay), Shi‘a Islam: Origins, Faith & Practices (2003 & 2010; also translated into Spanish & Swedish), Principles of Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Methodology of Fiqh (2006). He is a co-editor of Catholics & Shi'a in Dialogue: Studies in Theology & Spirituality(2004), Catholic-Shi'a Engagement: Reason & Faith in Theory and Practice (2006) and A Catholic-Shi‘a Dialogue: Ethics in Today’s Society (2008).


 

Table of Contents :

 

CHAPTER 1: ORIGINS OF SHI‘I ISLAM

THE MEANING OF THE TERM SHIA

WHEN DID SHII ISLAM START?

EARLY SHIA


CHAPTER 2: SOURCES OF SHI‘I THOUGHT

THE GLORIOUS QURAN

Shi‘a deny any alteration in the Qur’an

THE SUNNAH

THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE PROPHET

Who constitute the household of the Prophet?

REASON

CONSENSUS


CHAPTER 3: DOCTRINES

PRINCIPLES OF RELIGION

(1) Unity of God

(2) Prophethood

(3) Resurrection


CHAPTER 4: PRACTICES

1. THE DAILY PRAYERS

2. FASTING

3. PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA

4. ALMSGIVING

5. STRUGGLE FOR THE SAKE OF GOD

6. ENJOINING GOOD AND FORBIDDING EVIL


CHAPTER 5: THE SHI‘A IN THE WORLD