Schism among Shiites on clerical rule

Jul 20, 2009 Read more: seattletimes.nwsource.com
NAJAF, Iraq As Iran simmers over its disputed presidential election, Shiite clerics in Iraq are looking across the border with a sense of satisfaction that they have figured out a more durable answer to a question that has beset Shiite Islam for centuries: What role should religion play in politics? ... Read more

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Jul 20, 2009
"... Known as wilayat al-faqih, the theory holds that God's authority, passed down through a line of imams that started with Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, and ended with the 12th imam, who disappeared in the 9th century, is held by a cleric chosen as the supreme leader. Enshrined in the Iranian constitution, this authority has served as the basis of governance for the country since the revolution."

No wonder some Iranians are still waiting for "the expected one".

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