Friday 14 March 2014

The Shias and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Wonderful talk on Shia Islam by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald. Among the things I learned was that Irani Shias took the trouble to translate the Catechism of the Catholic Church into Farsi. They went over to Lebanon to consult with Church authorities there about certain terms - given that Farsi has plenty of borrowings from Arabic, and then also showed the translation to the bishop in Iran - who happens to be a Salesian - and who said that the translation was very good. Extremely interesting instance of the interreligious.

Shias in India - the 'Twelvers' are the largest group; the Khojas with the Aga Khan as their head; and the Bohras with their Syedna. The Twelvers believe that the twelfth Imam went into Occultation, and that he is still alive, but invisible. The Khojas believe that the present Aga Khan is the 49th successor of Ali, who they believe was designated successor by the Prophet himself. I've forgotten the exact status of the Bohras, but the Syedna is one of the representatives of the (hidden) Imam, I think. 

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