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Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq

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Author(s): Buckley, Ron P.
Jaʿfar  al-Ṣādiq (“the trustworthy”) (c. 83-148/702-65) is the sixth Imām of the Twelver branch of Shīʿī Islam (the Ithnā ʿashariyya), often simply referred to as the Shīʿa, and the eponym of the Twelver school of law (the Jaʿfarī madhhab). He is the most important figure connected with the propagation of a specifically Shīʿī corpus of ḥadīth (“traditions”) comprising religio-legal norms, doctrinal statements, and theology. He was also a major figure within Twelver Shīʿī and Sunnī Ṣūfī Qurʾānic exegesis and a number of independent commentaries are attributed to him. The …
Date: 2018-08-14