Mohammad Ali Amir Moezzi was born in Iran and is Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne). He is the author of a large number of books and articles, in particular La religion discrète : croyances et pratiques spirituelles dans l’islam shi’ite (Vrin, 2006) and Le Guide divin dansle shi’isme originel (Verdier, 2007). He is the editor and co-author of Dictionnaire du Coran (Robert Laffont, 2007; Dizionario del Corano, Mondadori, 2007). He is also the scientific co-editor of the Islamica series published by Mondadori.
In the last decades research on the Qur’an and on the beginnings of Islam made great progress thanks to new epigraphic and archeological discoveries and new methodologies of analyzing sources. The importance of the topic is obvious if we consider the importance of the Qur’an in the Islamic religion. But it is also obvi...
Mysticism and popular religiosity come together in Iran in the use of the portable icon. This enables the believer to establish a connection with the visible dimension of God in the place of his manifestation: the person of the Imam. A novel study taking in ancient doctrines and living practices.
The spiritual tradition and historical evolution of Shi’ism. Of the currents of Islam, it is characterised by the corpus of teachings attributed to the Fourteen Infallibles: Mohammed, his daughter Fatima and the twelve imams. And secondly by a hierarchical ‘clergy’ which frames and manages the lives of the faithful.
Mohammad-Ali Amir-Moezzi and Christian Jambet, Qu’est-ce que le shî‘isme ? (What is Shi‘ism?), Paris, Fayard 2004.
History in general and the history of religions in particular is full of examples of societies that have been conquered by peoples with less developed cultures, and which, specifically because of their superior culture and civilisation, have rapidly assimilated and absorbed their conquerors and their systems of thought...
Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi (edited by), Dizionario del Corano, [Dictionary of the Qur‘an] Mondadori, Milano 2007