Hartford Seminary

Understanding Shi‘i Islam (TH-515)

This course will take a systematic approach to Shi’i Islam in exploring its main distinctive features, including creed, ethics, politics, and jurisprudence. We will also examine three major characteristics of Shi’i Islam: rationality, the search for justice, and spirituality. The meaning and significance of these three characteristics will be discussed as well as the role they play in defining the Shi’i approach to theoretical and practical issues. We will also discuss how each of these characteristics is manifested in Shi’i thought and practice, for example, how spirituality has led to interest in supplications and mysticism.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Mahmoud Ayoub


Summer 2015

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