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Religion Library: Shia Islam


Written by: Anna Akasoy


Nahjul balagha = Peak of Eloquence. Sermons, Letters, and Sayings of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib. Translated by Sayed Ali Reza, introductory note by Syed Mohamed Askari Jafery, third revised US edition (Elmhurst, NY: Tahrike Tarsile Quran, 1984).

Living and Dying with Grace. Counsels of Hadrat ‘Ali. Translated by Thomas Cleary (Boston: Shambhala, 1995).

Shimmering Light. An Anthology of Ismaili Poetry. Translated into English by Faquir Muhammad Hunzai, introduced and edited by Kutub Kassam (London: Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 1996).

Kitab al-irshad. The Book of Guidance into the Lives of the Twelve Imams. Translated by I.K.A. Howard, with a preface by Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Partridge Green, Horsham: Balagha Books, 1981).

Hasan ibn Yusuf ibn al-Mutahhar al-Hilli, Al-Babu l-Hadi ‘Ashar. A Treatise on the Principles of Shi'ite Theology, with a commentary by Miqdad al-Fadil al-Hilli. Translated by William McElwee Miller (London: Royal Asiatic Society, 1928).


Kamran Scot Aghaie, The Martyrs of Karbala. Shi'i Symbols and Rituals in Modern Iran (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004).

Said Amir Arjomand (ed.), Authority and Political Culture in Shi'ism (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988).

Peter J. Chelkowski (ed.), Ta'ziyeh. Ritual and Drama in Iran (New York: New York University Press, 1979).

Patricia Crone, God's Rule: Government and Islam (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).

Farhad Daftary, The Isma'ilis. Their History and Doctrines, revised edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Lara Deeb, An Enchanted Modern. Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

Robert Gleave, Scripturalist Islam. The History and Doctrines of the Akhbari Shi'i School (Leiden: Brill, 2007).

Heinz Halm, Shi'ism, second edition (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).

Moojan Momen, An Introduction to Shi'i Islam. The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi'ism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985).

Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet. Learning and Power in Modern Iran (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986).

David Pinault, The Shiites. Ritual and Popular Piety in a Muslim Community (London: Tauris, 1992).

Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina, Islamic Messianism. The Idea of the Mahdi in Twelver Shi'ism (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1981).

Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i, Shi'ite Islam, tr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1975).


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