Syrian Ismailism: The Ever Living Line of the Imamate, AD 1100-1260

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 150 pages
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This book is a welcome addition to an all too scant literature on the Ismaili communities of Syria. In addition to a wide reading of Arabic sources and a deep familiarity with the existing scholarly literature, Professor Mirza also brings to light new manuscripts illuminating this history.
Syrian Ismailism tells the little-known story of the adaptability and survival of Ismailis in Syria in an era which seems as complex and difficult as our own. The late eleventh and twelfth centuries brought severe troubles, including the decline of the Fatimids, divisions among the Ismailis, the Saljuq-Sunni conquest of much of the Middle East, and the Crusades.
 

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Contents

Part One An Outline of the Political History of
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THE SYRIAN ISMAILIS FROM THE DEATH OF SINAN
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THE SYRIAN ISMAILIS UNDER THE EARLY MAMLUKS
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THE UNIVERSAL DIVINE ORDER
71
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE DAWA
85
CONCLUDING REMARKS ISMAILISM IN PERSPECTIVE
91
Four Biographies from Jannat AlAmal
103
Notes
109
Bibliography
135
Index
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