Hayat-i fikri wa siyasi-yi imaman-i Shia (book)
Ḥayāt fikrī wa sīyāsī imāmān Shīa (Persian: حیات فکری و سیاسی امامان شیعه, Intellectual and Political Life of Shiite Imams) is a book authored by Rasul Jafarian, a graduate of Qom Islamic Seminary and a faculty member at the University of Tehran.
|Hayat-i fikri wa siyasi-yi imaman-i Shia (book)|
|Original title||حیات فکری و سیاسی امامان شیعه|
|Subject||Imams of the Shia|
|Publisher||Sazman-i Tablighat-i Islami|
According to the book’s introduction, the purpose of the book is to discuss the political and intellectual aspects of the Imams’ lives rather than their personal lives.
Rasul Jafarian won the Iranian National Book Award two times: once for the book Tarikh siyasi Islam (Political History of Islam) and another time for the book Atlas-i Shia (Geography of the Shi’a).
About the Book
The chapters of this book were first published in the form of a series of articles in Nur-i ilm journal and later were published together in one book.
There author has tried to have a new look at the life of the Infallible Imams (a) using both historical and religious sources and to analyze the contemporary views about the Imams (a) and bring them closer together.
Features and Importance
This work was the first book on the intellectual and political life of the Twelve Imams (a).
Among the features of this book are its plain prose, its potential for being used as a textbook, brevity, and avoiding polemics.
The critics have pointed to a number of problems in the book, such as typos, punctuation problems, disregarding some important views and neglecting recent scholarly works on the themes of the book.
In the beginning of the discussion on each Imam, the author provides a biographical discussion, such as the dates of birth and martyrdom of the Imam, and mentions some of the virtues of that Imam. Afterwards, he discusses issues such as the relation between the Imam and his contemporary caliphs, his relation with his followers, and his scholarly works and impact.
Table of Contents
This book is divided into thirteen main chapters.
|2||Imam Ali (a)||
|3||Imam al-Hasan (a)|
|4||Imam al-Husayn (a)|
|5||Imam al-Sajjad (a)|
|6||Imam al-Baqir (a)|
|7||Imam al-Sadiq (a)|
|8||Imam al-Kazim (a)||
|9||Imam al-Rida (a)||
|10||Imam al-Jawad (a)||
|11||Imam al-Hadi (a)|
|12||Imam al-Askari (a)|
|13||Imam Mahdi (a)|
Translation, Summary, and Publication
The first publication of this work was in 1991 by Markaz Chap wa Nashr Sazman-i Tablighat-i Islami. Later it was published by Ansarian Publications in Qom. The Arabic translation of the book was published by Dar al-Haqq publications in Beirut with the title al-Hayat al-fikriyya wa l-siasiyya li-a’immat ahl al-bayt. Also, in 2017, the book was translated into Urdu and published in Pakistan by Iran’s Cultural Center in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
- Ja'fariyan, Hayat fikri wa siyasi imaman Shia, 1381 Sh, p. 5-10.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from حیات فکری و سیاسی امامان شیعه (کتاب) in Farsi WikiShia.