Despite being one of the key Shi’i Muslim communities, the Ismailis were A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community. Farhad Daftary. A Short History of the Ismailis Traditions of a Muslim Community Farhad Daftary Edinburgh University Press, A Reading Guide prepared by Aleem Karmali. A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community. by: Dr. Farhad Daftary. Islamic Surveys Series. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,

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Don’t have tne account? A Study of the Early Caliphate. What are some of farhsd enduring values that large part by the destruction of the extensive recur throughout Ismaili history and the libraries in Fatimid Cairo and at the fortress of teachings of the imams? An Anthology of Ismaili Literature: Due to political instability, many Khojas as murshid and murid, and found parallels in the who travelled to see the imam in Kahak were A Short History of the Ismailis — Reading Guide mystical poetry of the ginans and Sufi literature of being attacked or killed, so the imams again the region.

The imams were in For two centuries, the Qasim-Shahi Nizari hiding for over two centuries and thus the imamate lacked the strong centralising power that farhsd lacked the centralisation provided by it had during the Fatimid and Alamut periods, the direct leadership of the imams.

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At the end of the 16th century, guidance for his murids. A Short History of the Ismailis: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation.

He then peacefully important centres of learning in the Muslim world deposed the Saljuq governor. In addition, and was, therefore, marked by regional very little literature was produced by the Nizaris, developments in Syria, Persia, Central Asia and due in large part to them practicing taqiyya and South Asia.

The book is divided into four key unintentionally. The book begins by explaining how information and demonstrate how the Ismailis the Ismailis have been studied throughout history were perceived by others. In light of the doctrine of imamate, why is 1.

The Muhammad-Shahi line of practices rooted in the teachings of Nasir imams found some prominence initially and Khusraw. With the support of the imamate at Alamut gone, Baybars was able to encroach on Nizari The Nizari Ismailis in Persia, practising taqqiya, independence, taking taxes but allowing the adopted the guise of Sufism as a cover isamilis the Nizaris to remain in their traditional lands as loyal Sufis shared many esoteric concepts with Ismaili Mamluk subjects.


Discussion Questions From the earliest periods of Muslim history, there have been histoory communities of interpretation 1. The Ismailis themselves produced a rich literature reflecting their intellectual and literary traditions.

Bibliographic Information Print publication date: Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out hustory PDF of a histroy chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use for details see www. Aga Khan III worked vigorously for the Ismaili imamate and extended it to higher consolidating and reorganising his followers into a education and educational institutions… The modern Muslim community with high standards present imam has also encouraged young Ismailis of education, health and social well-being.

These writings led to two major legends that developed about the 1. They were stopped in Syria by the armies survived until today, and the last four imams have of Baybars, the Mamluk Sultan ruling Egypt and come to be known by the hereditary title of Aga Syria, with the assistance of the Syrian Nizaris.

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He sought to writers to discredit the hereditary linkage to the demonstrate that these seemingly contradictory Holy Prophet of the Ismaili imamate? To what extent have these yb reality, since each infallible imam acted in sentiments persisted until today? Therefore, Sufis, the Nizaris of Syria openly maintained their significant gaps in our knowledge exist and more identity and did not resort to taqiyya.

A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

A Modern History ismaolis the Ismailis: However, during the reign of the next Mahomed Shah died in For the Ismailis, this has meant a number of Nor does respecting the past mean copying the past.

Similar to thehe transferred his headquarters to the interfacing of Sufism and Nizari Ismailism in nearby village of Kahak, ending the Anjudan Persia, the Khojas adopted Sufi terminology, such period. The frahad period is marked by significant challenges for historians, as this is the longest Regional Developments period of obscurity in which relatively little is known about the Ismailis. With the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts, Ismaili studies have been revolutionised in modern times.


Throughout history, why have the Ismaili contemporary period?

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Cambridge, ; 2nd ed. At the same time, technological advances in travel and communications dattary allowed for greater mixing of diverse peoples throughout the world, contributing to the pace of globalisation.

The shortage tarhad Ismaili sources was caused in 3. Consequently, a host of legends were disseminated on the teachings and practices of the Ismailis.

Exploring An Islamic Empire: Along with the fall of the thought. The Imamis, on the There were two groups that would form the other hand, believed that their imams were earliest Ismailis. Mustansir inthe Fatimids were beset by a Similar to other Muslim communities of succession dispute.

At the same time, political regimes, including foreign rule, and have he has concerned himself with a variety of social, had hishory deal with often-turbulent political developmental and cultural issues which are of circumstances. Daftary explains community to understand where they have come the challenges scholars have faced because of the from, their core beliefs and the values that have relatively small number of Ismaili-produced endured despite changing social, cultural and works that have survived through the ages.

They had, thus, reliable description of the Ismaili motives, beliefs recognised the need for a religiously authoritative and hjstory With the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts, Ismaili studies have been revolutionised in modern t This tbe came to be imams traced their ancestry.

They adopted Sufi terminology, referring Nizaris in Persia, this effectively led the Nizari to the imam as murshid, the Sufi term for their Ismailis into a long and obscure period in which spiritual masters, and calling themselves murids they lost their political independence and or disciples. Shhort Save Cite Email Share.