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Table of Contents of The Shiites: A Short History

Remarks on the spelling of Arabic and Persian words and names

Part I
The House of Sorrow
The Twelve Imams

1. The Commander of the Faithful: Ali ibn Abi Talib (656–661)
2. The Abdication of al-Hasan (661)
3. The Tragedy of Karbala (680)
4. The Origins of Shi’i Religious Tradition: The Campaign of the “Penitents” (684)
5. Withdrawal from Politics: The Sixth Imam, Ja’far as-Sadiq (702–765)
6. The Deportation of the Seventh Imam (796)
7. The Eighth Imam Alî ar-Ridâ as Heir Apparent (816)
8. The Shrine of Qom
9. The Imams in Samarra (836–873)
10. The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam (873)
11. The Fourteen Infallible Ones
12. The Return of the Mahdî

Part II
The Deluge of Weeping
Flagellant Procession and Passion Play

1. The Origins of the Âshûrâ Ritual
2. European Reports from the Time of the Safavid Dynasty (1501–1722)
3. The Elegy
4. The Ten Days of Muharram
5. The Passion Play
6. Chest Beaters and Flagellants

Part III
The Islam of the Mullahs

1. The Representative of the Hidden Imam
2. The Imam’s Money: the “Fifth”
3. Participation in the Government (Tenth to Eleventh Centuries)
4. The Foundation of Shi’i Law: the “Four Books”
5. The New Center: al-Hilla (Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries)
6. The Basis of the Authority of the Mullahs: the Principle of Ijtihad
7. The Emergence of the Shi’i Clergy (Sixteenth Century)
8. Monarchy and Clergy as Rivals (Seventeenth Century)
9. Usulis and Akhbaris: Rationalists and Traditionalists (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries)
10. Secular and Spiritual Arm (Nineteenth Century)
11. Marja’ at-taqlid: the Source of Imitation

Part IV
The Revolutionary Shi’a

1. The Struggle against Westernization
2. The Rise of Qom
3. Shi’i Revolutionary Ideology
4. Khomeini and the “Government of the Jurist”
5. The Leader of the Revolution
6. Illustrating Ijtihad Using the Example of Birth Control
7. The Successor to the Rahbar

Part V
Shi’ites Outside of Iran

1. Azerbaijan
2. Lebanon
3. India and Pakistan
4. Iraq
5. Syria