• Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread
    Bloomsbury and The Institute of Ismaili Studies

    This book traces the interactions between Ismaili intellectual thought and the philosophies of other Islamic groups to shed light on the complex and interwoven nature of Islamic civilisations.

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  • How has the Ismaili branch of Shi‘i Islam interacted with other Islamic communities throughout history? The groups and movements that make up Islamic civilisation are diverse and varied yet, while scholarship has analysed many branches of Islam in isolation, the exchanges and mutual influences between them has not been sufficiently recognised. This book traces the interactions between Ismaili intellectual thought and the philosophies of other Islamic groups to shed light on the complex and interwoven nature of Islamic civilisations.

    Based on a broad range of primary sources from the early medieval to the late nineteenth century, the book brings together different disciplines within Islamic Studies to cover polemical and doctrinal literature, law, mysticism, rituals and philosophy. The main Ismaili groups, such as the Fatimidsinfo-icon, Nizarisinfo-icon and Tayyibisinfo-icon, are represented, as well as lesser known traditions such as that associated with the mountain region of Badakhshan in Central Asia. Religious syncretism, particularly in the Indian subcontinent and in Yemen, is considered alongside cultural interactions as reflected in the circulation of books in Fatimid markets, and various literary and mythical traditions, some still little explored. The chapters include contributions from leading experts in the field, shedding new light on the close and complex relationships different Islamic groups have enjoyed with one another throughout the centuries.

  • Introduction
    Orkhan Mir-Kasimov, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK.

    PART I: In the Eyes of Others: Mutual Reflections in Polemical and Doctrinal Literature
    1. Sunni Perceptions of the Ismailis: Medieval Perspectives
    Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK
    2. Ismaili Polemics Against Opponents in the Early Fatimid Period
    Paul E. Walker, The University of Chicago, USA
    3. On the Limited Representation of the Ismailis in al-Saduq's (d. 381/991) Kamal al-dininfo-icon
    Roy Vilozny, The University of HaifaIsrael
    4. 'The Places where the Wrestler is Thrown Down' (Masari' al-musari') and the Question of Tusi's Rejection of his Prior Nizari Identity
    Toby Mayer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

    PART II: Authority and Law
    5. Ismaili and Sunni Elaborations of the Sources of Law: The Kitab al-Majalisinfo-icon wa'l-musayarat by al-Qadiinfo-icon Abu Hanifa al-Nu'man and the Risala of al-Shafi'i: A Comparative Study
    Agostino Cilardo, University of Naples "L'Orientale", Italy
    6. Sacrifice, Circumcision and the Ruler in the Medieval Islamic West: The Ismaili-Fatimid Legacy
    Maribel Fierro, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
    7. Human Action, God's Will: Further Thoughts on the Divine Command (amr) in the Teachings of Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-'Arabi (560-638/1165-1240)
    Michael Ebstein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

    PART III: The Ikhwan al-Safa', Theosophical and philosophical trends
    8. Onto-cosmology and Hierohistory in the Manuscript Tradition of the Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa'
    Carmela Baffioni, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK
    9. Extra-Ismaili Sources and a Shift of Paradigm in Nizari Ismailism
    Daryoush Mohammad Poor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK
    10. Nature according to Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani (d. after 411/1020–21) and Mullainfo-icon Sadra (d. 1050/1640): Ismaili Influence on a Twelver Thinker or Dependence on Common Sources
    Janis Esots, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

    PART IV: Mystical Trends
    11. Early Ismailis and Other Muslims: Polemics and Borrowing in Kitab al-Kashf
    Mushegh Asatryan, The University of Calgary, Canada
    12. The Intellectual Interactions of Yemeni Tayyibism with the Early Shi'i Tradition
    Daniel De Smet, KU Leuven, Belgium
    13. The Nizari Ismaili Theory of the Resurrection (Qiyama) and Post-Mongol Iranian Messianism
    Orkhan Mir-Kasimov, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

    PART V: Ismaili-Sufi Relationships in Badakhshan
    14. Ismaili-Sufi and Ismaili-Twelver Relations in Badakhshan in the Post-Alamutinfo-icon Period: The Chiragh-nama
    Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK
    15. The Concept of Wilayainfo-icon in Mubarak-i Wakhani's Chihil Dunyainfo-icon: A Traditional Ismaili-Sufi Perspective on the Origins of Divine Guidance
    Abdulmamad Iloliev, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

    PART VI: The Interaction and Circulation of Knowledge across Religious and Geographical Boundaries
    16. Beyond Space and Time: The Itinerant Life of Books in the Fatimid Market Place
    Delia Cortese, Middlesex University London, UK
    17. On the Cusp of 'Islamic' and 'Hindu' Worldviews The Ginaninfo-icon Literature and the Dialectics of Self and Other
    Wafi A. Momin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK
    18. Spring's Equinox: Nawruz in Ismaili Thought
    Shafique N. Virani, The University of Toronto, Canada
    19. Yemeni Ismailism in Jewish Philosophy, 6th/12th to 11th/17th Centuries: A General Historical Sketch
    Mauro Zonta, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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  • Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov

    Dr Mir-Kasimov is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Academic Research and Publications. He also teaches on the IIS graduate programmes (GPISH & STEP). He is an Associate Member of Higher Education Academy . He obtained his doctorate from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris. In 2003 he was the recipient of IIS’ Dissertation Writing Scholarship. His dissertation was devoted to the reconstruction of the doctrinal views of the Hurufis , one of the messianic movements strongly influenced by Shi‘i ideas which was influential in Iran and Anatolia in 14th and 15th...Read more