The introduction presents a solution to the problem of Khārijite “exceptionalism” whereby Khārijite notions of political legitimacy are treated as either unique or archaic. This tendency remains the main weakness in many studies of the Khārijites and, by extension, the Ibāḍiyya. To counter this trend, this study examines the Khārijite and Ibāḍī Imāmate traditions as products of a specifically Islamic milieu—that is, as connected to pre-Islamic and early Islamic notions of legitimate political authority—and uses the concept of the masālik al-dīn (“stages of religion”) as an organizing principle. Finally, it briefly surveys the major textual traditions of the Ibāḍī corpus.
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