Edinburgh Research Explorer

Of mullas, manuscripts and migration: Aspects of Twelver Shi`i community life in the 18th century

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrisis, Collapse, Militarism and Civil War
Subtitle of host publicationThe History and Historiography of 18th Century Iran
EditorsMichael Axworthy
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2018


This chapter considers the general historiographical position, and questions the traditional take on it by assessing whether the picture of decline and collapse can be consistent with the significance of different trends of thought among the clerical community in Iran in the 18th century, as indicated by the relative popularity of significant texts, demonstrated by the numbers of those texts in manuscript collections.

    Research areas

  • Twelver Shi‘ism, Safavid, ulama, Usulism, Akhbarism, tabaqat

ID: 25127954