By Moojan Momen
“Momen’s booklet fills a massive hole within the normal literature in English on Twelver Shi’ism, and may be conscientiously studied via someone who desires to comprehend extra approximately what's taking place within the center East today….This is an excellent paintings which merits the widest attainable readership.”—Malise Ruthven, The heart East
“An tremendous precious reference resource at the institution and evolution of the Shi’ite department of the Islamic religion.”—Cecil V. Crabb, Jr., Perspective
“An unpretentious type, interpretive readability and . . . sound judgment symbolize Momen’s writings. a few of the elements of Twelver Shi’ism are conscientiously unusual to fulfill either the final reader and the aspiring student.”—Norman Calder, Times Literary Supplement
“Specialist and nonspecialist alike will make the most of its lucid exposition of either elite and well known Shi’ism. in particular helpful is the way in which the paintings offers sleek severe scholarship on Shi’i historical past along the orthodox historical past, which nonetheless has nice effect at the religion’s self-understanding.”—Mel Piehl, Library Journal
Moojan Momen has written generally on Iran and center East religion.
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An Introduction to Shi'i Islam: The History & Doctrines of Twelver Shi'ism by Moojan Momen