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Khoja Isma’ilis in Canada and the United States

"The 1,000-year-old religious movement that has come to be known as “Isma’ili” in scholarly literature has been a small but significant part of Islam. As is common among Shi’a groups, one of the movement’s features is adherence to Imams descended from ‘Ali ibn ‘Abi Talib and Fatima, the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. ..." – By Karim H. Karim

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh in the Context of the Modern Development of Vietnamese Buddhism

"Thích Nhất Hạnh is one of the most internationally recognized Buddhist leaders and has a large and devoted following. Despite this, there is a lack of critical scholarship on his life. The biographical sketches of Thích Nhất Hạnh are hagiographical in nature, portraying him as a peace activist, as an engaged Buddhist, and as a Zen master, and disassociating him from the continued development and transnationalization of Vietnamese Buddhism throughout the 20th century. ..." – By Alexander Soucy

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