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This is the first comprehensive study of the life and works of Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr - an Iraqi scholar who made an
important contribution to the renewal of Islamic law and politics in the contemporary Middle East. Executed in 1980,
Sadr was the most articulate thinker and a major political actor in the revival of Shi'i learning, which placed Najaf in
Southern Iraq at its centre. Dr Chibli Mallat examines the intellectual development of Sadr and his companions who
included Ruhullah al-Khumaini and assesses Sadr's innovative approaches to the study of law, economics and banking. The
author convincingly demonstrates how Sadr's ideas and activities were influential in the rise of political Islam across
the Middle East and played an important part in the Iranian revolution of 1979.