Keywords: Ismaili, Shi‘a, taqiyya, Imamah, Imam ‘Ali, Caliphate, Fatimid, Abbasid, Ahl alBayt, da‘wa, shari‘a, dawr al-satr, Alamut, Nizari, Musta‘li, Zaydi, tawhid, ta’wil, hadith, batin, zahir, haqa’iq, ‘ilm, al-Azhar, wazier, alQahira, mahdi, Ifriqiya, da‘i, Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq, Pir, Nasir-i Khusraw, ginan, Safavid, Aga Khan, nur, qiyamah, ta‘lim, ‘ulama.
The history of Ismailism is best understood as the embodiment of one response, among others, to the message contained in the Islamic revelation.
Professor Azim Nanji serves currently as Special Advisor to the Provost at the Aga Khan University. Most recently he served as Senior Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University 2008-2010 and also lectured on Islam in the Department of Religious Studies. He was previously the of Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies from 1998 - 2008.