• This book offers a new Persian edition and the first English translation of the Ibrat-afza, the memoirs of Hasan Ali Shah, the 46th Imaminfo-icon of the Nizari Ismailis and the first Ismaili Imam to bear the title of Aga Khaninfo-icon. The Ibrat-afza was composed in the year 1851, following the Imam’s departure from Persia and his permanent settlement in India.

    The text recounts the Aga Khan’s early life and political career as the governor of the province of Kirmaninfo-icon in Iran, and narrates the dramatic events of his conflict with the Qajar establishment in Iran and his subsequent travels and exploits in Afghanistan and British India. The Ibrat-afza provides a rare example of an autobiographical account from an Ismaili Imam and a first-hand account giving a window into the history of the Ismailis of Iran, India and Central Asia at the dawn of the modern era of their history. Consequently, the book will be of great interest to both researchers and general readers interested in Ismaili history and in the history of the Islamic world in the nineteenth century.

  • Dr Daniel Beben

    Daniel Beben is Assistant Professor of History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. He received his PhD from Indiana University Bloomington with a dissertation entitled The Legendary Biographies of Nasir-i Khusraw: Memory and Textualization in Early Modern Persian Ismailism . His research focuses on the history of Ismaili and Sufi communities in pre-modern Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. His current projects include a monograph on the history of Ismailism in Central Asia and a co-authored work on genealogical traditions in the Badakhshan...Read more

    Dr. Daryoush Mohammad Poor

    Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He is also a lecturer for the Department of Graduate Studies and his teaching areas include Ismaili intellectual history and philosophy, intellectual traditions and contemporary Muslim thought. He completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Westminster in Political and Social Studies. His research interests include Ismaili studies, Shiʿi studies, political theory and philosophy, contemporary Muslim politics and the intellectual history of...Read more