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Muhammad Muhammadi-Ray Shahri:

A Survey of Imam cAli’s Method of Government.

The article is the text of speech delievered by Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammadi-Ray Shahri, the Dean of the College of Hadith Sciences. It was delievered at the ninth meeting on hadith scholarship, held at Qum on 19 Aban 1379 Sh./9 November 2000.
He introduced three themes, which getting familiarity with them, would make us more acquainted with Imam cAli’s method of government, bringing about further academic and social achievements for our society. The three themes are as follows: (1)tolerance in Imam cAli’s method of government (together with some hints on his pratice of reformation), (2)people’s rights in Imam Ali’s government, and (3)the place of the right for criticism in the government of Imam cAli. Drawing upon some instances of Imam cAli’s words and deeds, all taken from Shiite and Sunnite sources, he answered some of the questions posed by the audience.

Hadi Qubaysi-cAmili:

The Virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt in the al-Tabarani’s Three Mucjams.

The collection of hadiths, related through Sunnite transmitters, on the virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt has since been looked up to by both Sunnite and Shiite ulema and hadith reporters. The late contemporary scholar and bibliographer Sayyid cAbd al-cAziz Tabatabaie attempted to collect all the sources necessary for such scholarship, but he did not live long enough to see the extracts and results of such hadiths.
The writer of the present paper has stepped forward in this way to collect the Prophetic hadiths on the virtues of the Ahl al-Bayt, and those on the rejection of their opponents and foes from three major Sunnite hadith sources: viz. Al-Mucjam al-Kabir, Al-Mucjam al-Awsat, and Al-Mucjam al-Saghir, all by Sulayman b. Ahmad al-Tabarani (d. 360/970). They are classified thematically.

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