Ismailis in Medieval Muslim Societies: A Historical Introduction to an Islamic Community available in Hardcover
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Discussing the different phases in Ismaili history, this book describes both the early Ismailis as well as the contributions of the later Ismailis to Islamic culture in medieval times. A number of chapters deal with key Ismaili individuals such as Hasan-i Sabbah. Other chapters contextualize the Ismailis within the early Muslim societies, in addition to investigating the Ismaili-Crusader relations and the resulting legends on the Ismaili secret practices.
About the Author
Farhad Daftary is Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Table of ContentsIntroduction * Diversity in Islam: Communities of Interpretation * The Earliest Ismailis * A Major Schism in the Early Ismaili Movement * The Ismaili Da'wa outside the Fatimid Dawla * Intellectual Life among the Ismailis: An Overview * Ali in Classical Ismaili Theology * Persian Historiography of the Early Nizari Ismaili Movement * Hasan-I Sabbath and the origins of the Nizari Ismaili Movement * The Ismailis and the Crusaders: History and Myth * Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Ismailis of the Alamut Period * Ismaili-Sufi Relations in Early Pots-Alamut and Safavid Persia * Shah Tahir and the Nizari Disguises * Bibliography * Index