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Muslims, Scholars, Soldiers: The Origin and Elaboration of the Ibadi Imamate Traditions

Adam Gaiser


This study of the origin and development of the Ibāḍī imāmate ideal into its medieval Arabian and North African articulations traces the distinctive features of the Ibāḍī imāma to precedents among the early Khārijites, Rashidūn Caliphs, and pre-Islamic Arabs. Using the four “states of religion” (masālik al-dīn) as an organizing principle for its chapters, the book examines the four associated Imām-types that are appropriate to such states—the Imām al-Ẓuhūr (Imām of Manifestation), Imām al-Difā‘ (Imām of Defense), Imām al-Shārī (the “Seller” Imām) and Imām al-Kitmān (Imām of Secrecy)—and locate ... More

Keywords: Khārijites, Ibāḍiyya, imāmate, Shurāt, Oman, North Africa, Rashidūn, Jāhiliyya

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738939
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Gaiser, author
Florida State University