The Early Life of Imam Al-Hadi
By Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour
Little is written about Shi’a Imams in English, especially the Imams after al-Sadiq (as) with the exception of the Twelfth Imam, al-Mahdi (aj). This short work sheds some light on the early life of Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (as) from his birth to his appointment and to his displacement to Samarra. It explores some less known aspects of the historical context of his life and especially tries to shed some new light on the topic of Inquisition (al-Mihnah).
Mohamad Saeed Bahmanpour is an Islamic scholar currently residing in London and lecturing at the Islamic College. His other works include The Idols Will Fall and Towards Eternal Life.