Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Shi'ite Social Theology

Social theology is a synthetic discipline composed of various branches such as social hadith, social exegesis, social Kalam, social jurisprudence and social ethics. Its subject matter includes both the religious texts on human social life and the related features, implications and consequences such as family and spouse selection, occupation and business, state and government, education, discrimination and justice. Furthermore, this discipline includes both primary religious texts, i.e. the Qur’anic verses and hadiths, and secondary religious texts, i.e. the collection of exegeses, and interpretations made by scholars of hadith, exegetes, theologians, jurists, and ethicists. Thus, the human collective life and the related issues – as put forward in Islamic and especially Shi‘ite exegeses – constitute the subject of this discipline. Naturally, this subject has conventional and abstract unity rather than internal and real unity


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