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The Spread Of Akhbarism After Astarabad?

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This chapter outlines the probable routes whereby Astarābādī's critique came to be known throughout the Shīʿī world, the growth of the school's influence and the activities of the best known Akhbārīs. The vocabulary used in the description of Astarābādī's relationship with his teachers is well-established in the transmission of Muslim scholarship. The rejection of Sunni influence in the religious sciences was a major element of Astarābādī's Akhbārī methodology. The Akhbārī school is developed in eastern Arabia to dominate the cultural life of the Shīʿī community in the Gulf generally. By 1080, the secondary development of scholarly centres gave way to a more general acknowledgement of Astarābādī's importance and a more general popularization of Akhbarism across the Shīʿī world. Akhbarism's flexibility, and its ability to weld itself onto a variety of legal, theological and philosophical views, brought it scholarly popularity in the Eleventh Century.

Keywords: Akhbarism; Astarābādī; eastern Arabia; Shīʿī world



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