SHIITE ISLAM:
ORTHODOXY OR HETERODOXY?

By: Luis Alberto Vittor

Translation by:
John Andrew Morrow

Author: Luis Alberto Vittor
Translated, Edited and Annotated by: John Andrew Morrow
With Forward by: Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
Preface by: Barbara Casteton
Publisher: Ansariyan Publications
First Edition 1427 -1385 - 2006
Sadr Press
Quantity: 2000
Number of Pages: 264
Size: 143 x 205 mm
ISBN: 964-438-842-9

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
DEDICATION 4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 7
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR 9
FOREWORD 11
COMMENDATORY PREFACE 13
TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE 15
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS 29
PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION 39
INTRODUCTION THE ISSUE AT HAND 71
CHAPTER 1:
TOWARDS A DEFINITION OF HETERODOXY IN ISLAM
79
CHAPTER 2:
TOWARDS A DEFINITION OF SHA‘ISM
135
CHAPTER 3:
AL-IJMA‘ OR SCHOLARLY CONSENSUS:
AN ACCEPTED METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HERESY?
145
CHAPTER 4:
THE INFALLIBLE DIVINE AUTHORITY:
SOURCE OF LAW AND DOCTRINE IN ISLAMIC IJMA‘
155
CHAPTER 5:
MUKHTAR AL-THAQIFI
THE ENLIGHTENED MESSIANIC ACTIVIST:
THE SHA‘ITE INSURRECTION AS POLITICAL REACTION,
REPARATION AND REVENGE
161
CHAPTER 6:
THE CALIPHATE AT A CROSSROADS:
ABA BAKR AND THE COLLUSION OF THE POWERFUL CLASSES
183
CHAPTER 7:
PROPHECY AND IMAMATE:
TWO INSEPARABLE METAPHYSICAL REALITIES
195
CHAPTER 8:
THE WILAYAH:
THE SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL AUTHORITY OF THE IMAMS
209
CHAPTER 9:
THE IMAMATE:
THE ESOTERIC INHERITANCE OR THE BATIN OF THE PROPHET
223
CONCLUSIONS 229
BIBLIOGRAPHY 231
Onomastic and Terminological Index 253