Authority in Absence? Shiʿi Politics of Salvation from the Classical Period to Modern Republicanism
Studies in Christian Ethics
© The Author(s) 2016
Shi‘i Islam is often considered to be political per se because of its emergence historically as a movement with a strong position on authority and legitimacy in governance. This piece demonstrates how the politics of salvation in the tradition tie together one’s loyalty to the divine person of the Imam to one’s final destination, and how that relationship is complicated in the physical absence of the Imam. Such a politics guards against a sacralisation of everyday politics and recognises that sanctity arises from the person of the Imam and not the office of his delegate.
This is the author's manuscript. The final version of record is published at https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0953946815623138
Published online before print January 11, 2016