A Compendium of Imami Beliefs and Practices. This book by a highly respected Shii Theologian, offers a wide ranging overview of the principal tenets of Shii Islam with particular reference to Twelver Shiism. It is used not only as an introductory text on Shii thought and practice, but also as a contemprary expression, from within of this vibrant branch of the Islamic faith. Throughout his presentation, the authror upholds the validity of Shii perspectives by rational argument on the basis, principally, of the Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet. The range of the themes covered, the precision of style and the doctrinal analysis of Shii Islam render this work both informatiove and orignal. It focuses not only on the most essential elements but also on those aspects of Shiism that have been particularly misunderstood. The explanations and clarifications offered here will be of particular value to those seeking better understnding between different communities of interpretation and schools of thought in Islam. This book makes an important contribution to Shii Studies. It provides a unique insight into the theological thinking which is broadly representative of religious seminaries in Iran today.