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Some Imāmī-shīʿī Views on Taqiyya

Etan Kohlberg
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 95, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1975), pp. 395-402
DOI: 10.2307/599351
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/599351
Page Count: 8
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Some Imāmī-shīʿī Views on Taqiyya
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Abstract

In this article an attempt is made to re-examine the long-held notion that taqiyya (precautionary dissimulation) is an essential element and a distinguishing mark of Imāmī Shīʿism. It is contended that while Imāmī Shīʿīs often resorted to taqiyya to escape harassment and persecution, even raising the principle of taqiyya to the level of an article of faith, there were many who hedged their acceptance of it with reservations, while others abandoned the practice of taqiyya altogether and chose instead to reveal and fight for their true beliefs. The different Imāmī Shīʿī attitudes to taqiyya were shaped as much by political and historical circumstances as by the growth of an increasingly intricate body of Shīʿī doctrine.

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