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  1. Thanks everyone for the links. I'm actually in the process of choosing a marja so that was useful reading material. Although according to one of the moderators here, I'm actually an undercover, agenda wielding akhbari who plays people (see here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?sh...p;#entry1799023). Thanks moderator for accusing me of being a liar. I tried sending you a PM to complain about your wild and false allegation but my PM facility isn't working for some reason.
  2. (salam) How does one go about choosing a marja? I understand that one of the key criteria for selecting a source for taqlid is that the object of emulation is 'most knowledgable'. Is my understanding correct? If so, then how does one quantify 'most knowledgable'? What other factors must one take into account? Thanks
  3. (salam) I'm currently doing some exploratory research with regards to an idea I have for a PhD thesis on the subject of sufi tariqahs/orders within Twelver Shiism. A lot of modern scholarship has been produced on the subject of Tasawwuf and sufi tariqahs/orders within Sunni Islam (e.g. the works of Annemarie Schimmel and Hamid Algar). My desired goal is to produce an academic work specifically on the subject of Tasawwuf/Irfani based tariqahs within the rubric of Ithna Ashari Shiism. A little about myself before I pose my questions: I'm from a Sunni Muslim background (although heavily leaning
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