Sacred Space and Holy War

The Politics, Culture and History of Shi'ite Islam

By Juan Cole
(I. B. Tauris & Company, Paperback, 9781860647369, 224pp.)

Publication Date: October 2002

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Juan Cole examines Shi'i Islam as a world religion that has faced modernity on its own terms. He explores the little known history of Shi'i communities as far afield as Bahrain and India, giving attention as well to important centers such as Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran. He demonstrates the way in which the Shi'is have sought to define space and time as sacred, and to defend those spaces from encroachment by the Other, whether that other be Sunni Arab, Hindu, or European Christian.



About the Author
Juan Cole, internationally respected historian and celebrated blogger at Informed Comment, is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written numerous books, including "Sacred Space and Holy War "and "Napoleon's Egypt." He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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