This is a Russian translation of Farhad Daftary, The Ismāʿīlīs: Their History and Doctrines (2nd edn).
Description from The Ismāʿīlīs
The Ismāʿīlīs represent the second largest Shīʿī Muslim community after the Twelvers, and are today scattered throughout more than twenty-five countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. The second edition of this authoritative book traces the history and doctrinal development of the Ismāʿīlīs from their origins in the formative period of Islam to the present day, a period of more than twelve centuries. It is the first comprehensive synthesis of the results of modern scholarship in Ismāʿīlī studies and draws on numerous primary sources on the subject, including the Ismāʿīlī manuscripts which have only recently become available. All the major phases of Ismāʿīlī history are covered, including the pre-Fāṭimid period, the Fāṭimid ‘golden age’, the Ṭayyibī-Mustaʿlī period and the history of the Nizārī Ismāʿīlīs of Persia and Syria before the Mongol invasions. The final part traces the history of the modern Ismāʿīlīs, particularly the socio-economic progress of the Nizārī communities. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and incorporates new material, an expanded bibliography and new illustrations. It will be invaluable reading for students of Islamic and Middle Eastern history.
Contents from The Ismāʿīlīs
Illustrations and Maps
Foreword by Wilferd Madelung
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Note on the Text and Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Progress in the Study of the Ismāʿīlīs
2. Origins and Early Development of Shīʿīsm
3. Early Ismāʿīlīsm
4. The Fāṭimid Period until 487/1094: dawla and daʿwa
5. The Later Fāṭimids and Mustaʿlian Ismāʿīlīsm
6. Nizārī Ismāʿīlī History during the Alamūt Period
7. The Post-Alamūt Centuries and Modern Developments in Nizārī Ismāʿīlī History
Genealogical Tables and Lists
Farhad Daftary is Associate Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He is a consulting editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica as well as the general editor of the Ismaili Heritage Series and the Ismaili Texts and Translations Series. An authority on Ismaili history, Dr Daftary’s publications include The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismaʿilis (1994), A Short History of the Ismailis (1998), Ismaili Literature: A Bibliography of Sources and Studies (2004) and Ismailis in Medieval Muslim Societies (2005). Dr Daftary's books have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and numerous European languages.