Vol.10, N.2, 2009

Intellectual, Political and Social Status of the Shiites on the Verge of Occultation

In this paper, the author studies a very important part of the history of Islam, that is, the period of the lives of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Askari (AS), and the efforts these two Imams made to develop a network of agents (wukalā) to prepare the Shi'a community for the era of the occultation of Imam Mahdi (AS).

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Reason, Faith & Authority: A Shiite Perspective

In this paper, the author discusses the importance of reason in Islam, its relevance and connection to true faith and also explains what authority is in Islam and to whom it belongs. He does so in the light of the Quran and traditions.

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The Prophets Spiritual State at the Time of His Mission

In this paper the author studies some major aspects of the life of the Prophet Muhammad at the beginning of his mission, especially the way he received revelation from God. The author discusses in detail this part of the Prophet's life from both Shi'a and Sunni sources (which are well referenced).

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An Outline of Governance from a Quranic Perspective

A paper analyzing the features of Islamic law from a Qur'anic perspective. It explains how, according to Islam, politics, morality and worldly affairs cannot be separated from religion.

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Ijtihad: Takhtiah or Taswib

In this article, the author talks in brief about the concept, definition, and types of ijtihâd and examines the criteria and justification of takhti'ah (admission of the possibility of error in the judgments of the jurist) and taswib (maintenance of the jurist's infallibility and denial of any possibility of error) according to both Shi'a and Sunni scholars.

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Editorial Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2009/1430

This article is the editorial of the Message of Thaqalayn journal, Volume 10, Issue number 2, released in summer of 2009. It discusses the contents of the proceeding articles in this journal which have been listed below.

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Different Methodological Approaches to Spirituality

In this paper, the author discusses, in brief, the methodologies used by scholars in studying spirituality. He classifies it into three approaches, i.e., the philosophical approach, the mystical approach and the scriptural approach and discusses the importance of all three of them.

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