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Shiites Heinz Halm

Shiites

Heinz Halm

Published June 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781558764378
Paperback
240 pages
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This book is an updated and expanded edition of Shia Islam. The author, Heinz Halm, discusses events in the Middle East during the last ten years, including the situation in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and in the Gulf States, the results of the AmericanMoreThis book is an updated and expanded edition of Shia Islam. The author, Heinz Halm, discusses events in the Middle East during the last ten years, including the situation in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and in the Gulf States, the results of the American invasion in Iraq, and what is called the new Shia revival and Shia Crescent. Combining history, comparative religion, and political interpretations, the author elucidates Shiism and political developments in the Middle East for the Western reader.The author highlights three main aspects of Shia Islam:its historical development, especially the history of the Imans, the rituals, including flagellation and passion plays, and the rules of the mullahs, known as the government of experts.Halm explains the exalted position of the religious scholars, the mullahs and ayatollahs, who established themselves as clergy in the Safavid Empire and defined themselves as the administrators of the Hidden Iman.The relationship between the rulers of Iran and the mullahs has always been tense.The Khomeini revolution was the powerful culmination of a lengthy historical conflict that has expanded into Iraq and Lebanon after the American invasion in Iraq.