Machine generated contents note: A Note on Translation, Dates and PeriodizationForeword by Dale F. Eickelman -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction, Daphna Ephrat and Meir Hatina -- Part I/,Constructions of Religious Leadership in the Formative Period -- Overview by Maribel Fierro -- 1. Authority within the Hanbali Madhhab: The Case of Barbahari, Nimrod Hurvitz -- 2. Restoring the Prophet's Authority, Rejecting Taqlid: Ibn Hazm's "Epistle to the One who Shouts from Afar", Camilla Adang -- 3. Succession to the Prophets: Shi'i theological and Practical Solutions, Ehud Krinis -- 4. Oral Torah: Ideology and History in the Epistle of Sherira Gaon, Gerald J. Blidstein -- Part II/Centralization and Diffusion of Authority in the Middle Period. -- Overview by Jonathan P. Berkey -- 5. Spiritual Heirs of the Prophet: Sufi Masters in a Period of Sunni Revitalization, Daphna Ephrat -- 6. 'Ulama' of Damascus and Ottoman 'Ulama': Career Patterns and Types of Authority, Michael Winter -- 7. Books, Commentators and the Democratization of Knowledge in the Geonic Period, Meir Ben-Shahar -- Part III/Knowledge and Leadership: Modern Constructions -- Overview by Itzchak Weismann -- 8. The Rise of a Charismatic Mujahid: The Salafi-Jihadi Quest for Authority. Eli Alshech -- 9. Martyrs as Preachers: Altruistic Death and Moral Authority, Meir Hatina -- 10. The New Media and Islamic Activism: the Case of 'Amr Khalid. Ksenia Svetlova -- 11. Charisma and Politics in the Evolution of Modern Shi'i Leadership, Meir Litvak -- 12. In Search of Religious Authority: The International Union of Religious Scholars -- Appendix A: The IUMS Statement on Niqab and the Islamic and Jewish Method of Slaughter -- Appendix B: The IUMS Statement Concerning the Events in Syria -- Muhammad al-Atawneh -- 13. "Maggid" or "Prediger"? Knowledge and Religious Leadership within Eastern-European Jewry at the Beginning of the Modern Era, Haim Gertner -- 14. Religious Career Opportunities of a Lay Preacher: Folk Preaching in the Haredi Teshuva Movement, Nissim Leon -- List of Contributors -- Index.