Learning the Doctrine of Shi'ite through Its Typology: Malaysian Experience

Fadzli, Adam and Firdaus Khairi, Abdul Kadir (2016) Learning the Doctrine of Shi'ite through Its Typology: Malaysian Experience. In: International Conferences on Social Issues and Economic Studies, 02-04 November 2016, SPAIN.

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The conflict and in some ocassions clash of faith between Shi’ite and Sunnite has a very long history in Islamic civilization. The expansion of Shi’ite into Sunnite based countries including Malaysia has become serious and alarming due to the increase of its followers. Data provided by Media Muslim.com announced that there are 154-200 millions Shi’ite followers worldwide whereas Malaysian Department of Islamic Development claimed a total number of 1000 to 1500 of Shi’ite followers. The existence of Shi’ite in different typology of sects in Malaysia has caused objection since it practices Sunni doctrine as its Islamic mainstream. Therefore, this article attempts to highlight typology of Shi’ite sects in Malaysia which differs to each other in terms of theology, rites and political inclination. Different typology of Shi’ite doctrines will be discussed at length using document analysis and interviews with selected key informants. The result of the study shows that reports by the Department of Islamic Affairs from majority states of Malaysia and information gathered from selected key informants stated that there are three main sects of Shi’ite in Malaysia namely Dawudi Buhra, the Ismai’ilite and the Ithna ’asyarite. It is expected that the finding of this study will set as indicators of different Shi’ite typology in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Depositing User: Muhammad Akmal Azhar
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 02:26
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 02:26
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/647

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