Academic Research

Academic Research 2019-08-07T03:42:04-08:00
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ziyarat jamia

The famous Ziyāra is unique in that it can be recited in devotion to all the late Twelver Imams. This article seeks to understand the historicity of the text and its claims. Abstract This article explores the sources, transmission, context, content, and controversies of Ziyārat al-Jāmiʿa [...]

The relationship between Malcolm X and the Twelve Imams of Ahl al-Bayt has so far been little-known even though it may have shaped a significant aspect of Malcolm's religious and political worldview.[...]

Paul is a controversial figure at the center of Christian-Muslim dialogue. While many contemporary Muslims are critical of Paul, history paints a more nuanced picture.[...]

sayyid al-himyari zahra jiwan

Sayyid al-Himyari’s poetry is some of the most famous in the Arabic language. This article explores some of the theological concepts that could be extracted from one of his pieces.   Abstract This article provides a detailed commentary on a poem attributed to al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī (d. [...]


The identity of Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, has puzzled scholars for decades. A new book by John Andrew Morrow may help us better determine his origins.[...]

jahiliyya prophethood

A cross-pollination of religious influences in pre-Islamic Arabia resulted in a budding monotheistic tradition and conception of prophethood.[...]

imami legal theory benefits harms maslaha

This article examines the theological principle of “divine laws are subordinate to benefits and harms” in context of Imāmī Shīʿi legal theory.[...]

A critical review of Matthew Pierce’s Twelve Infallible Men (2016) and evaluates his approaches to the study of Shīʿi ḥadīth sources.[...]