Were the Early Shi'a Anthropomorphists?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

‎اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

It has been alleged, both by Sunni polemicists as well as Orientalist scholars, that the early Imamite Shi'a were mujassimah, or anthropomorphists, believing in a God with a body and form, and their current theology was a later development under the influence of the Mu'tazila. We have already examined the alleged influence of the Mu'tazila creed on that of the Imamites, and this article instead aims to explore the beliefs of the early Shi'a so as to determine the historicity of labeling them as anthropomorphists.

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