History of Shi'ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation

This text discusses how Shi'ism has been an integral and inseparable part of Islam from the time of the Holy Prophet (sa). The text provides several resources to show how Shi'ism began with the companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) and how its legacy still stands.

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  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Part 1: A Cursory Glance at the References
  4. Lesson 1: Historical References
  5. Leswson 2: General References
  6. Part 2: The Manner of Emergence of the Shi‘ah
  7. Lesson 3: “Shi‘ah” in the Lexicon and the Qur’an
  8. Lesson 4: The Origin of Shi‘ism
  9. Lesson 5: The Other Terms for the “Shi‘ah”
  10. Lesson 6: The Role of the Quraysh in the Event of Saqifah
  11. Lesson 7: The Silence of the Commander of the Faithful ‘Ali (‘a)
  12. Lesson 8: The Shi‘ah among the Companions {sahabah}
  13. Part 3: The Periods of Historical Development of the Shi‘ah
  14. Lesson 9: The Periods of Historical Development of the Shi‘ah
  15. Lesson 10: The Spread of Shi‘ism during the Period of Umayyad Caliphate
  16. Lesson 11: The Period of Imam as-Sajjad (‘a)
  17. Lesson 12: The Beginning of the ‘Abbasid Campaign and Its Effect upon the Spread of Shi‘ism
  18. Lesson 13: The Shi‘ah during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate
  19. Lesson 14: The Reasons behind the Burgeoning of the Shi‘ah during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate
  20. Part 4: The Shi‘ah and ‘Alawi Uprisings
  21. Lesson 15: The Shi‘ah and ‘Alawi Uprisings during the Period of Umayyad Caliphate
  22. Lesson 16: The Shi‘ah and ‘Alawi Uprisings during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate
  23. Lesson 17: Sporadic Uprisings
  24. Part 5: The Geographical Expansion of Shi‘ism
  25. Lesson 18: The Geographical Expansion of Shi‘ism
  26. Lesson 19: The Demographic Concentration of the Shi‘ah
  27. Lesson 20: The Shi‘ah-Populated Places during the Second Century Hijri
  28. Lesson 21: Shi‘ism among the Different Tribes
  29. Part 6: The Rifts within Shi‘ism
  30. Lesson 22: The Rifts within Shi‘ism
  31. Lesson 23: Factors behind the Rifts within Shi‘ism
  32. Part 7: The Intellectual Legacy of the Shi‘ah
  33. Lesson 24: The Intellectual Legacy of the Shi‘ah
  34. Lesson 25: The Science of Jurisprudence
  35. Lesson 26: The Science of Scholastic Theology {‘ilm al-kalam}
  36. Part 8: The Role of the Shi‘ah Poets in the Spread of Shi‘ism
  37. Lesson 27: The Shi‘ah Poets and the Station of Poetry
  38. Lesson 28: The Subjects of the Poems of the Shi‘ah Poets
  39. Lesson 29: Elegy-Recitation
  40. Bibliography