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Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology

al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Hussein Ali Abdulsater

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Examines the critical turn that shaped Imami Shi'ism in the 10th and 11th centuries


God is not free to act; He is bound by human ethics. To be just, He must create an individual of perfect intellect and infallible morality. People are obligated to submit to this person; otherwise eternal damnation awaits them.

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1. Life and Works
2. God and the World
3. Moral Theory and Divine Justice
4. Humans and the Origins of Religious Experience
5. The Imama and the Need for Moral Leadership
6. Prophethood and the Value of Divine Guidance

About the Author

Hussein Ali Abdulsater is Assistant Professor of Arabic Culture and Islamic Studies at Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame.


'The author successfully provides a well-organized map of al-Murtaḍā’s theological thought, deploying his vast magna opera, fulfilling a demanding task. In every chapter, Abdulsater follows an elaborate plan to present the content of his analysis. He starts with the theoretical model, and then moves to the concepts at work, then arguments, and at last conclusions. His approach renders the book a smooth read.'
- Majid Montazer Mahdi , Reading Religion

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