An Illustrated History
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Ismailis by Farhad Daftary
Book DescriptionThe Ismailis are a geographically, linguistically and ethnically diverse Shia Muslim community the second largest in the world. Scattered in more than twenty countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, they are currently led by their 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. In four chapters, this book traces their history within the wider context of Islamic history and the world in general, over the better part of 1400 years. Each chapter is fully illustrated and accompanied by relevant maps and diagrams such as genealogical charts. The book has more than 300 illustrations, most in colour, consisting of images from illustrated manuscripts, artefacts, architecture, community documents, as well as important historical and contemporary photographs of members of the Ismaili community (many from private collections and archives) and the varied geographical contexts in which they live. A chronology of key events, a glossary of important terms, and a bibliography are also provided.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781898592266
(322mm x 265mm x 35mm)
Imprint: Azimuth Editions
Publisher: Azimuth Editions
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Farhad Daftary
History of Shi'i Islam, Hardback (December 2013)
Shi'i Muslims have played a crucial role, proportionally greater than their relative size, in furthering the civilizational achievements of Islam. Indeed, the Shi'i scholars and literati of various branches that have made seminal contributions to Islamic thought and culture.
Study of Shi'i Islam, Hardback (December 2013)
The Study of Shi'i Islam presents papers originally delivered at the first international colloquium dedicated exclusively to Shi'i studies, held in 2010 at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
Modern History of the Ismailis, Hardback (December 2010)
The Ismailis have enjoyed a complex history dating back to the 8th century CE and originating in the Shi'i tradition of Islam. Ismailis in the Middle Ages split into two main groups: Aga Khans and Bohras. This title attempts to survey the modern history of both Ismaili groupings since the middle of the 19th century.
Isma'ilis, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by Farhad Daftary
The 2007 second edition of an authoritative history of the Isma'ilis from their origins in the formative period of Islam to the present day.
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Author Biography - Farhad Daftary
Farhad Daftary is head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications and Associate Director at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. An authority in Ismaili studies, his publications include A Short History of the Ismailis(1998), The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis (1994), and Ismaili Literature (2004). Dr Daftary's books have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and numerous European languages.Zulfikar Hirji is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at York University, Toronto. He is the editor of Muslim Plurality and Pluralism (2008), the author of Moving Subjects, Shifting Paradigms: Multi-sited Ethnography and Indian Ocean Communities (forthcoming), and has articles in journals including 'Anthropology of the Middle East', 'Sociologus', and books including Textiles in Indian Ocean Societies (2005), Modern Ismaili Communities (2008).
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