Extremist Shiites (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East) (Hardcover)

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Extremist Shiites (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East) (Hardcover)

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Little is known in the West about the division of the Islamic world into Shiites and Sunnites and even less about the stratification of these two groups, with most of the attention going to the Sunnites. Moosa's comprehensive study of the origins and cultural aspects of the different extremist, or Ghulat, Shiite sects in the Middle East is a ground-breaking work. These sects whose 'extremism' is essentially religious are generally a peaceful people and, except for the Nusayris of Syria, are not political activists.

Matti Moosa was a professor of history and comparative religions at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Maronites in History.
Product Details ISBN: 9780815624110
ISBN-10: 0815624115
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 1988
Pages: 606
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East (Hardcover)