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Khomeini as the Jurist and Wilāya

  • Leila Chamankhah
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Part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History book series (ITLH)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the juridical dimension of wilāya in the theory of wilāyat al-faqı̄h on one hand, and its further conceptualizations in the writings of Khomeini’s students, chief among them Husayn ʿAlı̄ Muntaẓirı̄ and Muhsin Kadivar, on the other. The author studies the juridical wilāya, as well as the theory of wilāyat al-faqı̄h, from the perspective of socio-political developments in early twentieth-century Iran and argues that the changes that can be explained as ‘radical Shı̄ʿı̄sm’ were not only greatly influenced by transformations in the political arena but were also reactions to them. The author seeks to explain how the conceptualization of juridical wilāya underwent a tremendous shift from being purely juridical, to having a political reading. Unlike mystical wilāya which is old, the idea of wilāyat al-faqı̄h is a new chapter in Shı̄ʿa jurisprudence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leila Chamankhah
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  1. 1.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

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