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IMAMAH. The meaning of imamah ("religious-political leadership") of the Muslim community was the most practical question dominating Muslim minds following the Prophet's death in 632. Theological and juridical aspects of the imamate have engaged Muslim intellectual activity for many centuries and continue to do so as part of the community's accommodation to the realities of power. The major dispute concerning the imamate surrounded the question of investiture to exercise the Prophet's comprehensi ...more

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