Conceptions of Authority in Iraqi Shi’ism

@article{Gleave2007ConceptionsOA,
  title={Conceptions of Authority in Iraqi Shi’ism},
  author={R. Gleave},
  journal={Theory, Culture & Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={24},
  pages={59 - 78}
}
  • R. Gleave
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Theory, Culture & Society
One of the most obvious differences between recent Shi’ite and Sunni political activism is the dominance of clerical leadership in the former and lay leadership in the latter. This article examines the reasons for this difference, analysing the authority theories of three contemporary Iraqi Shi’ite clerics. Ayatallah Baqir al-Hakim, until his death in 2003, was the ideologue of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the military wing of which is the Badr Corps. Ayatallah Kazim al… Expand
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