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The Most Learned of the ShiʿaThe Institution of the Marjaʿ Taqlid$
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Linda S. Walbridge

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137996.001.0001

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Fadlallah and the Remaking of the Marjaʿiya

Fadlallah and the Remaking of the Marjaʿiya

(p.205) 12 Fadlallah and the Remaking of the Marjaʿiya
The Most Learned of the Shiʿa

Talib Aziz

Oxford University Press

While some of Khomeini's ideas have been branded as unorthodox by more traditional mujtahids, those of Muhammad Fadlallah of Lebanon have engendered even more controversy. This chapter shows how Fadlallah differs from other fuqaha and how these differences might precipitate changes in the institution of the marjaʿ iya. Through his statements, and comparisons of these with the work of other jurists, it demonstrates how dramatically different Fadlallah's approach to social issues is from mainstream Shi'i thought, as put forward by the grand marja'. In reading these rulings, it should also be kept in mind that Fadlallah served as Khu'i's representative for twenty-five years.

Keywords:   Shiʿism, Muhammad Fadlallah, Lebanon, fuqaha, marja' iya, social issues, jurists

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