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Ibâḍism: Origins and Early Development in Oman

John C. Wilkinson


Ibâḍism represents a branch of the third great division in Islam, that of the Khawârij. It survives in some isolated communities in North Africa, but manifested itself periodically in Oman as a full Imamate well into the 20th century. Using early material recorded in Basran and Omani sources, this book deconstructs the standard account of origins, showing that Ibâḍism's evolution into a madhhab (school) can only be understood in a wider historical perspective of the tribal and regional dimensions. Its activation among the Yamani tribes of Iraq requires reappraising what the Yaman-Nizâr divisio ... More

Keywords: Ibâḍism, Imamates, Islam, Khawârij, kalâm, fiqh, Ibâḍi movement, North Africa, Oman, Iraq

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Wilkinson, author
Emeritus Fellow, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford