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This index presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the analysis of the construction of religious authority in Islam and on the relationships between its various conceptions, or "patterns". The original impulse that founded Islam as a religion was the revelation received by the Prophet Muḥammad. This revelation constitutes, ultimately, the only source of religious authority in Islam. From a functional point of view, the jurisprudential pattern proved the most efficient for the long-term administration of the Muslim community.

Keywords: Islam; Prophet Muḥammad; religious authority



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