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A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

Farhad Daftary


A major Shī'ī Muslim community, the Ismailis have had a long and eventful history dating back to the middle of the 2nd/8th century. The Ismailis themselves produced a rich literature reflecting their intellectual and literary traditions. However, the Ismailis were until recent times studied primarily on the basis of the accounts fabricated by their detractors, including the Sunni polemicists. Consequently, a host of legends were disseminated on the teachings and practices of the Ismailis. With the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts, Ismaili studies have been revolutionised in modern t ... More

Keywords: Ismaili, Shī‘ī, Ismaili studies, Fatimids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780748609048
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Farhad Daftary, author