Ismailis in Medieval Muslim Societies: A Historical Introduction to an Islamic Community

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Farhad Daftary
I.B.Tauris, 2005 - Social Science - 259 pages
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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.

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“ISMAILIES IN MEDEVAL MUSLIM SOCIETIES” pubished in 2005 by I.B.Tauris & Co L.T.D , is written by FARHAD DAFTARY.
I am an Intermediate student and has an interest in history throughout my childhood
and found this book very much helpful for those who are at an early stage to know about the history of Ismailies and Ismaili’s Imams. Anyone having an interest in history and belonging to any aspect of life can gain knowledge and introductory review on the historical accounts of Ismailism. The book is full of references and one can easily trust and digest the history which is enclosed. Daftary did write one of his best but I preferred that a historical account of the early Aga Khan period must be there , so that non-Ismailies who have misunderstandings about Aga Khan,can be cleared off . Similar works of Farhad Daftary can be seen in The Isma'ilis:Their History and Doctrines as this book is a short and brief historical account.
By looking at the intention of the author it is clear that the author is trying to un-veil the real history and giving a thoughtful reason and explanation to all the myths and legends which were mixed with the reality of Ismailies and their Imams’ as BLACK and ASSASSIN legends.
I want to mention here once again that this book is only for beginners , those who have read "The Isma'ilis:Their History and Doctrines" ,then this book would be like a point of review of the main topics as most of the references in this book belong to The Isma'ilis:Their History and Doctrines.It is also very helpful to teachers and it can be taught to the 15 grader and above.


The Ismailis and Ismaili Studies
The Early Ismaili Movement and
The Ismaili Dawa and the Fatimid Dawla
The Ismaili Queen of Yaman
Historiography of the Early Nizari Ismailis in Persia
Hasani Sabbah and the Origins of the Nizari Ismaili
Nasir alDin alTusi and the Ismailis
IsmailiSufi Relations in PostAlamut Persia
Intellectual Life among the Ismailis
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Farhad Daftary is Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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