On the Limited Representation of the Ismailis in al-Ṣadūq’s (d. 381/991) Kamāl al-dīn

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Roy Vilozny (University of Haifa) It is generally agreed that Kamāl al-dīn wa-tamām al-niʿma by Ibn Bābawayh, known as al-Shaykh al-Ṣadūq (d. 381/991) , is of the most important milestones in the process of institutionalising the notion of the Twelfth imam’s occultation and eschatological return as one of the Imāmiyya’s fundamental articles of faith. Al-Ṣadūq’s motivation in compiling this work several decades following the onset of the greater occultation (329/941) was derived – if we take his introduction to the work at face value – from the realisation of the degree of perplexity (ḥayra) among his fellow Imāmīs. Partly since this state of perplexity resulted – or at least had the potential of resulting – in the adoption of non-Imāmī views by members of the Imāmī community, al-Ṣadūq devotes considerable theological effort to attempting to refute what he considers to be erroneous groups. This sort of endeavour, one should bear...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntellectual Interactions in the Islamic World
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ismaili Thread
EditorsOrkhan Mir-Kasimov
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-83860-489-9
StatePublished - 2020


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