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Al-Ghadir: el manantial del chiísmo

El 18 de Dhu-l Hijja, los musulmanes chiítas de todo el mundo conmemoraron el Eid al-Ghadir, el día en que el Imam Alí ibn Abi Talib ㅡel primer imam chiítaㅡ fue abiertamente declarado por el Profeta Muhammad como su maula (o sucesor, de acuerdo con la visión chiíta) frente a miles de sus compañeros, según registran las fuentes. Este importante evento ha moldeado la conciencia de las comunidades chiítas y ha tenido impacto en los debates sobre el liderazgo y la autoridad dentro del mundo islámico por cerca de 1,400 años.

Por: Mohammad Sagha

Traductor: Víctor Solano Urrutia. For the original English article, see here.

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Political Mobilization in Bahrain: A Historical Overview and Future Prospects

Bahrain’s unique position in the Persian Gulf offers an interesting case study of how political mobilization is possible for citizens who live under strict minority rule. Unlike its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners, Bahrain consists of a 70% primarily Twelver Shi’i majority. While it is not accurate to place recent political events in Bahrain exclusively within the context of the ongoing Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry, it is difficult to understand the sectarian nature of the ruling regime towards its Shi’i citizens without considering the events of 1979 (and 2003) and its implications on the wider relationship between Sunnis and Shias in the region and globally.

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By: Will Crass and Juliana Rordorf

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Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III: Laying the Foundations for Ismaili Women’s Progress

On November 2, Shi'a Nizari Ismaili Muslims across the world will commemorate the birth anniversary of their forty-eighth Imam, Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III, the grandfather of the present Imam, Karim al-Husseini Aga Khan IV. On this anniversary, we remember him for his dedicated efforts towards the socio-economic development of Muslims globally, and, in particular, for creating an authorizing environment for the progress of Ismaili women.

By Shenila Khoja-Moolji

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The Bektashi Shi’as of Michigan: Pluralism and Orthodoxy within Twelver Shi’ism

Project Associate Mohammad Sagha writes on the Bektashi Shi'a community based in Michigan, USA for the Visions Blog. He explores debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy within Islam and the need to examine the diversity and pluralism within modern Shi’ism which is often overlooked in larger debates of Islam and the Muslim world.

By Mohammad Sagha

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