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Shaping Global Islamic DiscoursesThe Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina and al-Mustafa$
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Masooda Bano and Keiko Sakurai

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696857

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696857.001.0001

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Making Qom a Centre of Shiʿi Scholarship: Al-Mustafa International University

Making Qom a Centre of Shiʿi Scholarship: Al-Mustafa International University

(p.41) Chapter 2 Making Qom a Centre of Shiʿi Scholarship: Al-Mustafa International University
Shaping Global Islamic Discourses

Keiko Sakurai

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an insight into the rise of al Mustafa International University, including its two preceding institutions and its globalisation agenda. Tracing the evolution of the university, it shows how the emergence of al Mustafa was a result of the rivalry among the marāji i taqlīd, the highest ranking Shi'i authorities, in post-revolutionary Iran. This university is a product of the complex internal political battles within Iran as well as the state's global agenda known as “the export of revolution,” whose mission is to propagate the Iranian version of Shi'ism which places special value on Khomeini's concept of vilāyat i faqīh. The uniqueness of al Mustafa is its strategies to reach out to youth in other countries through its numerous overseas branches, ensuring its uncontested dominance over its rivals, especially the seminaries in Najaf.

Keywords:   al Mustafa International University, globalisation, maraāji i taqlīd, post-revolutionary Iran, Shi'ism, Najaf

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