Shia Political Thought

By Ahmad Vaezi

Published by Islamic Centre of England

There are many misunderstandings concerning the prevailing Imami Shi’ism political doctrine i.e. the theory of Wilayat al-Faqih, its historical background among Shi’a jurists, the role of people (its relationship to democracy) and what distinguishes it from other Islamic political theories (such as that of the Caliphate). The primary function of this book is to clarify these different dimensions and dispel any ambiguities surrounding this version of the Islamic state.

Ahmad Vaezi was born in Iran in 1962. He is a graduate of the seminary of Qom and earned his degree (PhD) from the seminary. He taught more than ten years in universities of Iran as well as the seminary of Qom and has been a visiting scholar in the University of Cambridge since 2002.

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