The practice of remote ziyāra, whereby a devotee visits an imām’s tomb not through physical pilgrimage but by reciting a pilgrimage litany, appears in the earliest Twelver literature on ziyāra.
This international conference aims to progress the field of Fatimid studies, encouraging participation from established and early career scholars specialising in Fatimid lands across Bilad al-Sham, Egypt, Ifriqiya, Sicily, and other areas across the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean.
This paper focuses on the Alawi Bohra community in Vadodara, Gujarat, and their khizānat al-kutub, or treasury of books. As Shi’i Isma’ilis, the Alawi Bohras consider themselves heirs of the Fāṭimid Imamate (909–1171).
This lecture will present how the authors of literary sources of history constructed their narratives of scholarly apostasy in accordance with their own sectarian and political affiliations - and the juridical procedure at play.