The book is a seminal work for two main reasons. First it is the earliest work on the subject that has survived in its entirety. Second it is the earliest textbook that provides ad Imami Shia Perspective on the differences among, and origins of, the Islamic sects including a full exposition of various sects within Shiism. Since the German scholar, Helmut Ritter, published the first Arabic edition of the book in 1931, it has emerged as one of the important classics in its field and an indispensable tool for researchers on Islam. Properly introduced and extensively annotated, this edition is the first complete English translation of KITAB FIRAQ AL-SHIA.

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