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Farhad Daftary

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780748609048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.001.0001

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The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History

The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History

(p.120) 4 The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History
A Short History of the Ismailis

Farhad Daftary

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter covers the history of the early Nizārī Ismailis who separated from the Musta'lian Ismailis on the death of the Fatimid caliph-imam al-Mustanṣir in 487/1094. It focuses on the career of the Ismaili dā'ī Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ who founded the Nizārī state and the independent Nizārī da'wa in Iran. It also covers the reigns of Ḥasan’s successors at the fortress of Alamūt who led the Nizārī Ismaili state, da'wa and community, and propounded their teachings in response to changing circumstances, including the doctrine of qiyāma or resurrection. The chapter closes with the events related to the Nizārī-Mongol relations and the final destruction of the Nizārī state by the Mongol hordes in 654/1256.

Keywords:   Alamūt, Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ, Assassins, qiyāma

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