Amongst the richest and most rewarding, yet at the same time least familiar, traditions of Muslim literature are those of the Shi‘a Imami Ismailis. Although many great literary treasures of the Islamic world are already available in English translation, those of the Ismailis are only slowly being made accessible to scholars and readers at large.

This substantial anthology makes a vital and welcome contribution to that process of recovery and dissemination. It brings together for the first time extracts from a range of Ismaili texts in both poetry and prose, here translated into English by some of the foremost scholars in the field. The selected texts belong to a long span of Ismaili history, from the Fatimid era to the beginning of the twentieth century.

The translations in question have been rendered from their originals in Arabic, Persian and the languages of South Asia. With substantial sections devoted to such broad topics as history and memoir, faith and thought, and poetry, the anthology offers enriching glimpses into the depths, diversity and distinctiveness of the Ismaili contributions to Islamic intellectual life and literature.