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One of many richest and so much worthwhile, but even as least popular, traditions of Muslim literature is that of the Shi'i Imami Ismailis. even though many nice literary treasures of the Islamic international are already to be had in English translation, these of the Ismailis are just slowly being made obtainable to students and readers at huge. This large anthology makes an important and welcome contribution to that means of wider dissemination. It brings jointly for the 1st time extracts from a variety of major Ismaili texts in either poetry and prose, right here translated into English via the various finest students within the box. The texts incorporated belong to an extended span of Ismaili historical past, which extends from the Fatimid period to the start of the 20th century. The translations in query were rendered from their originals in Arabic, Persian and the various languages of Badakhshan and South Asia. With significant sections dedicated to such huge themes as religion and concept, historical past and biography, ethics, the Imamate, Ta'wil (or esoteric exegesis and textual interpretation), the anthology deals consistently enriching glimpses into the depths, range and forte of 1 of the good traditions of Islamic inspiration and creativity, which nonetheless is still particularly undiscovered through the West.
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The non-literary sources on the Persian Nizārīs of the Alamūt period are rather insignificant. The Mongols demolished the major Nizārī fortresses of Persia, which may have provided valuable archaeological evidence. At any rate, these fortresses have not been scientifically studied and the few excavations undertaken in modern times probably caused more damage to the sites than they yielded results. All in all, no epigraphic evidence has been recovered from the Nizārī castles of Persia, which were equipped with impressive defence and water supply systems, while relatively limited hoards of Nizārī coins minted at Alamūt have also been recovered.
The identification of sharīʿa with taqiyya, implied by the teachings of Ḥasan II, was now made explicit by an identification of qiyāma with ḥaqīqa. Thus, the imposition of the Sunni sharīʿa by Jalāl al-Dīn Ḥasan was presented as a return to taqiyya, and to a new period of satr or concealment, when the truth (ḥaqīqa) would be once again concealed in the bāṭin of religion. The condition of qiyāma could, in principle, be granted by the current Nizārī imam at any time, because every imam was potentially also an imām-qāʾim.
It was under such circumstances that in al-Mustanṣir’s succession dispute, Ḥasan supported Nizār’s cause and severed his relations with the Fatimid regime and the daʿwa headquarters in Cairo which had lent their support to al-Mustaʿlī. By this decision, Ḥasan founded the independent Nizārī Ismaili daʿwa on behalf of the Nizārī imam who then remained inaccessible; and, as a result, the Nizārī daʿwa survived the downfall of the Fatimid dynasty, similarly to the subsequent fate of the Ṭayyibī daʿwa in Yaman.
An Anthology of Ismaili Literature: A Shi'i Vision of Islam by Kutub Kassam, Hermann Landolt, Visit Amazon's Samira Sheikh Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Samira Sheikh,