chapter  3
Judicial and Rational Challenges of the Doctrine of Jurist’s Rule
ByMohammad Fazlhashemi
Pages 20

Ever since the political doctrine of jurist rule, velayat-e faqih, was introduced at the end of the 1960s, there has been heated debate among Shi‘ite jurists regarding its rooting in the judicial traditions of Shi‘a Islam. The central question has been whether this political theory has any support in the Qur’an, the Tradition of the Prophet (Sunnah), and not least the sources dating from the era of the Twelve Shi‘ite Imams. This debate intensified after the doctrine was translated into the ideology of the dominant party in Iran in the wake of the 1979 Revolution.