Islamic History, part 27: early Shiʿa traditions (632-c. 800)

Islamic History Series So last time out we looked at the history we've already covered from the perspective of the emerging Shiʿa minority. Here we'll take a (hopefully shorter) look at Shiʿism itself as it began to emerge over the first century and a half after Muhammad's death. That will then take us back to … Continue reading Islamic History, part 27: early Shiʿa traditions (632-c. 800)

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Islamic History, part 26: early Shiʿa history (661-c. 800)

Islamic History Series For the most part, what we've covered until this point has been the history of Sunni Islam. The Rashidun, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, Spain and North Africa, early theology, all of these stories have belonged largely within the Sunni tradition. The irony there is that "Sunni Islam," like most religious majorities (85-90% … Continue reading Islamic History, part 26: early Shiʿa history (661-c. 800)