Ismaili Texts and Translations Series
Recent advances in Ismaili studies have been initiated by the recovery of Ismaili texts. A large number of such texts, written in Arabic, Persian and Indic languages, are preserved in the collections of The Institute of Ismaili Studies Library. The Ismaili Texts and Translations Series aims to produce critical editions together with English translations and contextualising introductions, which are essential for further progress in the field.
The two sermons edited and translated here for the first time are primary material from the years before the establishment of the Fatimid caliphate in 297/909. The authors have been identified as Abu ' Abd Allah al-Shi ' i and Abu'l- ' Abbas Muhammad, two brothers who were central to the success of the Ismaili da' wa in North Africa. Da'wa , a term used to describe how Muslims teach others about the beliefs and practices of their Islamic faith, therefore provide a unique view of the nature and development...