By Daphna Ephrat,Meir Hatina

The factor of spiritual authority has lengthy involved and ignited students throughout a number disciplines: background, anthropology, the sociology of faith, and political technological know-how. Religious wisdom, Authority, and Charisma juxtaposes spiritual management in premodern and smooth Islam with examples from the Judaic culture. by way of illustrating a variety of iterations of authority in different historic and cultural contexts, this quantity bargains clean insights into the character of associations of studying and different structures of building and disseminating authority, the mechanisms for cultivating devoted adherents, and the approaches in which spiritual management is polarized and fragmented.

Contributors tease out the resources and kinds of authority that emerged out of the Sunni and Shi?i milieu and the evolution of Muslim elites who served as formulators and disseminators of information and perform. Comparative insights are supplied via the exam of ideological and historic advancements between Jewish sages who inculcated related modes of authority from inside their traditions. The rigorous exploration of the dynamic interface of data and gear in Islam and Judaism serves to spotlight a couple of current tensions universal to either religions. through intertwining a old span that lines trajectories of continuity and alter, integrative dialogue of cross-sectional topics, and comparative views, this quantity makes a special contribution.

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