The Shī’a Imams In the Words of Preeminent Sunni Scholarship
Masoud Emami’s The Shī’a Imams in the Words of Preeminent Sunni Scholarship is a meticulously researched thesis that collects testimonials from such sources as the sahihayn of Bukhari and Muslim, and the tafsirs and histories of such Sunnī luminaries as Tabarī and Eben Sa’d and other Sunni scholars (including Ibn Taymīya!), all of whom attest to the loft character and spiritual station of the twelve Shi’a Imams.
Emam’s thesis begins by laying the theoretical foundations of the use of such evidence in deriving his proof the rightful ness of the Imam’s claims to the imamate of the community. Emami’s has painstakingly combed through and scrupulously examined a vast corpus of Sunni sources, and had provided numerous testimonials from modern as well as ancient Sunni scholars for each of the Imams in turn, including acclaim from the associates (sahaba) and followers (taba’een).
The incredibly high praised lavished by preeminent Sunni scholarship on the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt unearthed by Emami proves that love of and respect for the Imams is indeed the common ground that binds the Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam. The prospective Sunni or Shi’a reader will be left with a more exalted view of the Imams after reading this fascinating collection of authentic and authoritative historical reports.