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Table Of Contents

Introduction
The Sovereign and Religious ‘Authenticity’
‘Inventing’ Shi’ism: Al-Karaki (d. 940AH/1533CE) as a Court Jurist
Friday Prayer: Tailoring Shi’ism to Statehood
From Marginality to Privilege
‘Orthodoxy’: Ostracizing Sufis and Storytellers
Instruments of Conversion: Public Cursing
Translating and Transporting the Word of Law
Afterthoughts
Aims of a Polemic
Supreme and False Mujtahids
To Remedy the Shah From Mania: Ritual Purity and Friday Prayer
Conversion and Consent in Herat
‘Normalizing’ Sunnism?
The Cleric Against the King
Replacing the King
Summary and Conclusions
The ‘Knighted’ Jurists and the Restructuring of the State
Imperial Uses of Clerical Shi’ism
Navigating Clerical Dissent
Mir Damad (d. 1041AH/1631–2CE): The Cleric as Philosopher
The Making of the World Inside and Outside Time
Human Freedom, Certitude and the Shari’a
Shah ‘Abbas and the Muslim-Christian Polemics of Ahmad ‘Alavi
Lutfullah al-Maysi (d. 1032AH/1622–3CE) in Isfahan
Social Forces from Below
Once Upon a Time, an ‘Amili
The Clerics’ Resources
The New Ornament in the Crown: Khalifa Sultan
The Penniless ‘Amili Pilgrim and the Glory that Was
New Contenders in the Vizierate Ranks
Akhbarism: The Challenge to Interpretive Rationalism
When Perfectly Able Arabs Fall Prey to Akhbarism
Dissent and the Politics of Friday Prayer
The Malaise of the Healer: Jurists on the Defensive
The Sufis Within and the ‘Essential’ Arabic
Instability and Social Disorder
An Imperial Command on Friday Prayer
Muhammad Baqir Majlisi, the Rationalist-Traditionist Court Cleric
Imamhood and Eschatology in Lieu of a De-empowered State
On Public Reference to the Mahdi
On Tobacco
The Duel Over Political Custody: Jurists and Sufis
Conclusion
I. The ‘Amili ‘Ulama of Safavid Iran, 1501–1736CE1
II. Posts and Activities of the Emigré ‘Amili ‘Ulama1
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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