THE ISMAILI IMAMS

THE  ISMAILI  IMAMS

Philosophy, Theology and Sufism

THE ISMAILI IMAMS
A BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

Author(s): Farhad Daftary

Reviewed by: Christopher Anzalone, George Mason University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA

 

Review

In his latest publication, Farhad Daftary, the head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies and the doyen of Isma[ili Shi[i studies, turns his attention to historically documenting the lives of forty-nine of the Imams revered by different sub- sects of Isma[ili Shi[is – the Imams being seen by Isma[ilis as the rightful spiritual and communal leaders of the Isma[ili community. These sub-sects and groups include the early Isma[ilis, the medieval Nizaris of Alamut, the Fatimid Caliphate, and the modern day followers of the fourth Agha Khan. Drawing upon the latest primary sources and scholarly secondary studies, the book provides readers with short biographies of the Isma[ili Imams, which have benefited from the continued development and advancement of Isma[ili Shi[i studies in recent decades, much of it spearheaded by The Institute of Ismaili Studies and scholars affiliated with it.


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