Ismailis in Medieval Muslim Societies: A Historical by Farhad Daftary

By Farhad Daftary

Discussing the several stages in Ismaili history, this book describes either the early Ismailis in addition to the contributions of the later Ismailis to Islamic tradition in medieval instances. a few chapters care for key Ismaili members resembling Hasan-i Sabbah. different chapters contextualize the Ismailis in the early Muslim societies, as well as investigating the Ismaili-Crusader family and the ensuing legends at the Ismaili mystery practices.

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The Ithnaʿashari and Ismaili Shiʿis On Jaʿfar al-Sadiq’s death, the Imami Shiʿa split into several groups. A large number recognized al-Sadiq’s eldest surviving son ʿAbd Allah al-Aftah as their imam. These Shiʿis, known as Fathiyya, maintained some prominence until the tenth century. When ʿAbd Allah died shortly after his father, however, the bulk of his supporters went over to his half-brother Musa al-Kazim who had already been acknowledged as his father’s successor by a faction of the Imamiyya.

The polemicists cleverly concocted detailed accounts of the sinister teachings and practices of the Ismailis while refuting the ʿAlid genealogy of their imams as descendants of Imam Jaʿfar al-Sadiq. Anti-Ismaili polemical writings provided a major source of information for Sunni heresiographers, such as alBaghdadi (d. 3 A number of polemicists also fabricated The Ismailis and Ismaili Studies 3 travesties in which they attributed a variety of objectionable beliefs and practices to the Ismailis; and these forgeries circulated as genuine Ismaili treatises and were used as source materials by subsequent generations of polemicists and heresiographers.

Notes . See Paul E. Walker, Exploring an Islamic Empire: Fatimid History and its Sources (London, 2002), and F. Daftary, Ismaili Literature: A Bibliography of Sources and Studies (London, 2004), especially pp. 20–38. 2. F. Daftary, A Short History of the Ismailis (Edinburgh, 998), pp. 20–58. 3 . Abu Mansur ʿAbd al-Qahir b. Tahir al-Baghdadi, al-Farq bayn al-firaq, ed. M. Badr (Cairo, 328/90), pp. , Moslem Schisms and Sects, part II, tr. S. Halkin (Tel Aviv, 935), pp. 07–57. 4. M. Stern, ‘The “Book of the Highest Initiation” and other Anti-Ismaʿili Travesties’, in his Studies in Early Ismaʿilism (Jerusalem and Leiden, 983), pp.

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