The Isma'ilis: Their History and Doctrines

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Cambridge University Press, 1992 - History - 803 pages
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This authoritative book traces the history and doctrinal development of the Isma'ili movement from its origins to the present day, a period of twelve centuries. It is the first comprehensive synthesis of the scattered results of modern scholarship on the subject and it draws on numerous primary and secondary texts, and particularly a number of private Isma'ili manuscripts which have recently become available. All the major phases of Isma'ili history are covered. From the pre-Fatimid period, Dr Daftary conducts a detailed investigation through the Fatimid 'golden age' and the troubled Musta'li-Tayyibi period up to the spiritual and physical strengths of Nizari Isma'ilism in Syria and Iran before the onslaught of the Mongols. The last part of the book discusses the modern developments of the Isma'ili community, explaining the revival of Nizari Isma'ilism, particularly in Iran and on the Indian subcontinent. For all students of Islamic and Middle Eastern history this volume will serve as the most definitive account yet of the history of the Isma'ilis and their movement.
  

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Contents

Western progress in Ismāīlī studies
1
Origins and early development of Shīīsm
32
Early Ismāīlism
91
Fatimid Ismāīlism
144
Mustalian Ismāīlism
256
Nizārī Ismāīlism of the Alamūt period
324
PostAlamūt Nizārī Ismāīlism
435
GENEALOGICAL TABLES AND LISTS
549
GLOSSARY
558
NOTES
568
BIBLIOGRAPHY
725
INDEX
743
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About the author (1992)

Farhad Daftary has been affiliated with the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London since 1988, where he is currently co-director and head (since 1992) of the Department of Academic Research and Publications.

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