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The Ismailis : an illustrated history

Author: Farhad Daftary; Zulfikar A Hirji
Publisher: London : Azimuth Editions in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Ismailis are a community of Shi'i Muslims who have settled around the world. Throughout their history, the Ismailis have been guided by hereditary leaders, Imams, who trace their genealogy back to the prophet Muhammad through his daughter, Fatima, and his son-in-law and cousin, 'Ali. At various times in their long, complex history, the Ismailis founded states, cities and institutions, contributed to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Farhad Daftary; Zulfikar A Hirji
ISBN: 9781898592266 1898592268
OCLC Number: 233552479
Language Note: English and Arabic.
Description: 262 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 32 cm
Contents: 1. The advent of Islam/ Feras Hamza --
2. The early Ismailis and the Fatimid state/ Farhad Daftary --
3. The modern Nizari Ismailis/ Zulfikar Hirji.
Responsibility: Farhad Daftary, Zulfikar Hirji.

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"The Ismailis are a community of Shi'i Muslims who have settled around the world. Throughout their history, the Ismailis have been guided by hereditary leaders, Imams, who trace their genealogy back to the prophet Muhammad through his daughter, Fatima, and his son-in-law and cousin, 'Ali. At various times in their long, complex history, the Ismailis founded states, cities and institutions, contributed to the traditions of scholarship in Islam, and were patrons of learning and the arts. But the story of the Ismailis is also that of a religious minority who survived successive threats to their existence. Currently, the Ismailis are a pluralistic community led by their present Imam, Shah Karim al-Husaynit, Aga Khan IV. With some 400 images of manuscripts, artefacts and monuments, community documents as well as important historical and contemporary photographs, and based on the results of modern scholarship in the field, this book offers a comprehensive and accessible account of Ismaili history and intellectual achievements, set in the wider contexts of Islamic and world history."--Back cover.

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