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God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam (Patricia Crone Martin Hinds) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521541114
God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam (Patricia Crone Martin Hinds) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521541114
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Title: God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam

Author: Crone, Patricia Martin Hinds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521541114

Volumes: 1; Pages: 163

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This study examines how religious authority was distributed in early Islam. It argues the case that, as in Shi'ism, it was concentrated in the head of state, rather than dispersed among learned laymen as in Sunnism. Originally the caliph was both head of state and ultimate source of religious law; the Sunni pattern represents the outcome of a conflict between the caliph and early scholars who, as spokesmen of the community, assumed religious leadership for themselves. Many Islamicists have assumed the Shi'ite concept of the imamate to be a deviant development. In contrast, this book argues that it is an archaism preserving the concept of religious authority with which all Muslims began.Contents1. Introduction2. The title khalifat Allah3. The Umayyad conception of the caliphate4. Caliphal law5. From caliphal to Prophetic sunna6. EpilogueAppendicesIndex
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