Interview with Peter Willey

9th July 2007

Peter WilleyThe author of Eagle’s Nest: Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria, published by I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2005, Peter Willey, in interview discussed the nature of this important work, its themes and how he arrived at the point where he was able to put together the research and essential scholarship.

1. Your early career began in the military. How and why did you get involved in the area of medieval Ismaili castles? [.wmv, 2.5Mb]

2. How has your research contributed to correcting the fantastical myths about the Ismailis written over the centuries? [.wmv, 2.0Mb]

3. You published your first book on the Ismaili castles in 1963. To what extent does your new book, Eagle’s Nest, incorporate new research and how has your thinking or assessment changed? [.wmv, 1.8Mb]

4. In what other ways has your research contributed to a better understanding of the Ismailis of the Alamutinfo-icon period? [.wmv, 1.9Mb]

5. Please describe in more detail the findings of your investigations in particular, the Ismaili activities in the areas of architecture and its contribution to the larger world? [.wmv, 2.0Mb] 

6. What, in your opinion should be the future lines of investigation and research of Ismaili castles? [.wmv, 1.8Mb]