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The continuity of the Nizari Ismaili da'wa, 1256-1350.

Author: Nadia Eboo Jamal; R D McChesney
Publisher: 1996.
Dissertation: Ph. D. New York University 1996
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:Dissertation Abstracts International, 57-03A.
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This is a study of the continuity of the Nizari Ismaili da'wa during the early post Alamut period, 1256-1350. The Nizari Ismailis are a Shia branch of Islam whose genealogy dates back to the time of their first Imam, 'Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad and extends to the present time under the guidance of their forty ninth Imam, Karim al-Husayni, Agha Khan IV (b. 1936).
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Dissertations, Academic
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nadia Eboo Jamal; R D McChesney
OCLC Number: 768966355
Notes: Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 57-03, Section: A, page: 1160.
Adviser: Robert McChesney.
Description: 1 online resource (317 pages)

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This is a study of the continuity of the Nizari Ismaili da'wa during the early post Alamut period, 1256-1350. The Nizari Ismailis are a Shia branch of Islam whose genealogy dates back to the time of their first Imam, 'Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad and extends to the present time under the guidance of their forty ninth Imam, Karim al-Husayni, Agha Khan IV (b. 1936).

Due to the paucity or inaccessibility of source material and the fact that the Nizaris during this time were in hiding, this period (1256-1350) in Nizari Ismaili history has been for the most part skimmed over by scholars.

This study is the first to focus on the continuation of da'wa after the fall of Alamut. It is the first to focus on the works of the poet Nizari Quhistani (1247-1301) in order to analyze the role he played within the da'wa. Especially, his Safar Nama has been analyzed in order to facilitate a better appreciation of the workings of the da'wa organization during the early post Alamut period.

The significance of da'wa in Nizari Ismaili history is also explored and emphasis placed on the achievements of da'is and mechanisms of da'wa to show the necessity of its continuity during the various cycles of hierohistory. The doctrinal foundations of the Nizari Ismaili da'wa have been investigated to provide a framework for the organization.

The Safar Nama has also been analyzed for its contribution to our understanding of Il-Khanid history during the 1280's.

This period saw an increase in popularity of Persian Sufism. The relationship between the Ismailis and the Sufis has been examined and the similarities between the two communities explored showing the close connection between these parallel tariqas.

Overall this thesis seeks to reclaim for the Nizari Ismaili community a crucial period of their history which has been obscured and neglected and to retain for them a sense of identity in the continuity of their da'wa organization.

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