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Authority, religious
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Religious authority in Islamic thought, both Sunnī and Shīʿī, is based primarily on the possession of ʿilm (knowledge) of religious matters, and, to a certain extent, knowledge of relevant worldly affairs, combined with irreproachable personal piety. The authority of the prophet Muḥammad, as well as that of other prophets, was based on the divinely transmitted knowledge they received as God’s emissar…

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Afsaruddin, Asma, “Authority, religious”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23445>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004203549, 2011, 2011-2

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