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Mediaeval Isma'ili History and Thought

Mediaeval Isma'ili History and Thought

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Farhad Daftary, Wilfred Madelung, Heinz Halm, Ismail K. Poonawala, Abbas Hamdani, Azim A. Nanji, Paul E. Walker, Carole Hillenbrand, C. Edmund Bosworth, Hamid Dabashi, Charles Melville, Ali S. Asani, Abbas Amanat
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  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003100

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  • Until recently, the Ismai`ilis were judged almost exclusively on the basis of hostile Muslim and European sources. This volume, the result of some of the most recent scholarship in the area and written by leading contemporary authorities in the field, sheds a new and more realistic light on their history.

    • Collection of original essays on previously neglected subject
    • Contributors well-known in their respective fields and in most cases senior scholars
    • Complement to previous publishing in the area
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A valuable resource for those interested in Isma'ilism and its place within the larger context of Islamic history. Highly recommended to all academic and public libraries seriously interested in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies." Choice

    "...valuable contribution to what is an increasingly flourshing subject of study....provides an excellent account of the conflicting, and shifting, allegiances to a variety of Imams and of the various splits and secessions among adherents to the movement in its crucial early period." Journal of the American Oriental Society

    "This is a book intended for specialists, the study of Islam and Muslims. They will welcome is as a major contribution to the understanding of an important component of the faith outside its mainstream . There are, however, several chapters addressing questions whose broad historical and cultural implications go well beyond this field and which deserve mention as good introductions to important aspects of the Isma'ili heritage." Kenneth J. Perkins, The Historian

    "The fourteen original essay...along with an updated version of a 1959 article by Wilferd Madelung and Daftary's excellent introduction, make this volume a splendid survey of the state of the field of Isma ^Dc ili studies some six decades after the groundwork was laid." Kenneth J. Perkins, The Historian

    "...this is a useful book marking a significant advance in the area of Isma^Dc^ili studies." M. Momen, Iranian Studies

    "The efforts of Farhad Daftary have produced another important volume on the history of Isma^Dcili Shi^Dcism." International Journal of Middle East Studies

    "Whether we view Isma ilism as a separate tradition or as one part in the mosaic of Islam, the rich variety of information and analysis presented in Mediaeval Isma ili History and Thought reinforces the idea that understanding medieval Islam comprehensively requires acquaintance with Isma ili history. It is a further credit to the editor asnd contributors of this volume that their work can serves as both an introduction to the topic and a statement of some of the most recent research in the field." Speculum-a Jrnl of Medieval Studies Jul 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003100
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.559kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Isma`ilis and Isma`ili studies Farhad Daftary
    Part I. The Classical Phase:
    2. The Fatimids and the Qarmatis of Bahrayn Wilferd Madelung
    3. The cosmology of the pre-Fatimid Isma'iliyya Heinz Halm
    4. Abu Ya'qub al-Sijistani and the seven faculties of the intellect Wilfred Madelung
    5. The Isma'ili oath of allegiance ('ahd) and the 'sessions of wisdom' (majalis al-hikma) in Fatimid times Heinz Halm
    6. Al-Qadi al-Nu`man and Isma`ili jurisprudence Ismail K. Poonawala
    7. A critique of Paul Casanova's dating of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa' Abbas Hamdani
    8. Portraits of self and others: Isma`ili perspectives on the history of religions Azim A. Nanji
    9. An Isma`ili version of the heresiography of the seventy-two erring sects Paul E. Walker
    Part II. The Nizari Phase:
    10. Hasan-i Sabbah and the origins of the Nizari Isma'ili movement Farhad Daftary
    11. The power struggle between the Saljuqs and the Isma'ilis of Alamut, 487–518/1094–1124: The Saljuq perspective Carole Hillenbrand
    12. The Isma'ilis of Quhistan and the Maliks of Nimruz or Sistan C. Edmund Bosworth
    13. The philosopher/vizier: Khwaja Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and the Isma`ilis Hamid Dabashi
    14. 'Sometimes by the sword, sometimes by the dagger': the role of the Isma'ilis in Mamluk-Mongol relations in the 8th/14th century Charles Melville
    15. The Isma'ili ginans: reflections on authority and authorship Ali S. Asani
    16. The Nuqtawi movement of Mahmud Pisikhani and his Persian cycle of mystical-materialism Abbas Amanat.

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    Farhad Daftary, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London


    Farhad Daftary, Wilfred Madelung, Heinz Halm, Ismail K. Poonawala, Abbas Hamdani, Azim A. Nanji, Paul E. Walker, Carole Hillenbrand, C. Edmund Bosworth, Hamid Dabashi, Charles Melville, Ali S. Asani, Abbas Amanat

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