Religious Schools and Sects in Medieval Islam

Author(s): 
Madelung, Wilferd
ISBN: 
0860781615
Date published: 
June 1985
Hardback
Price: 
£72.50
Pages: 
352

This volume gathers together most of Professor Madelung's articles on the doctrinal history of religious movements and theological schools in the medieval Islamic world, both orthodox and heterodox. He discusses the expansion of the Murji‘ite school and Sunnite orthodoxy, then proceeds to an examination of Shi'ite thought and legal doctrine and the development of Isma'ilism. Particular themes are the role of mu'tazilite theology in later Twelver Shi'ism, and Shi'ite legal teaching on the status of non-Shi'ite governments and institutions. Additional notes appended to many of the articles and an extensive index of personal names and places greatly enhance the value of the collection.