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There are many bridges between Ismailism and Sufism, especially in the South Asian context," he says.
ShahYaqoot, his descendants and other da'is and pirs propagated Ismail faith and converted the rulers and their subjects to Ismailism.
This belief was further joined to other radical doctrines, which ultimately produced the movement known today as Ismailism.
The starting point of Ismailism can be attributed to some Shiites who at the time believed that Ismail did not die but went into occultation, that he would appear again and would be the promised Mahdi.
6) The rural milieu of the Babai was less influenced by the Koran-based Islam of the madrasa than by minor Islamic traditions, often referred to as "heterodox" (7)--such as Ismailism, Batinism, and various concepts of popular Sufi Islam.
Since the pioneering work of Ivanow before and after the Second World War, the study of the history and doctrines of Ismailism has become a growth industry, researched by both Ismaili and non-Ismaili scholars, greatly assisted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London with its library and growing collection of manuscripts, and summed up in The Ismailis.
The difference between the Twelvers and Ismailism lies in that for the latter the imamate revolves around the number seven and prophecy does not terminate with Prophet Muhammad.
In the book before us, Jonathan Bloom offers both a fine summation of what is already known, or ought to be known, about Fatimid art and a good place to explore new ways to investigate the many problems and possibilities it affords for future research, particularly in the exceedingly difficult matter of establishing a connection between the Ismailism of the dynasty and the arts produced for it or under its direction.
Toward the end of the 11th century the missionary activity of Ismailism took root in the fort of Alamut and for nearly a century and a half the Ismailis lived in complete independence in the central regions of Persia.
Those interested in a more accurate historical account should consult Daftary's Short History of Ismailism (Edinburgh, 1998).
Specifically, she sees the beginnings of the tradition evolving from an alliance of Arabs, Hindu chieftains, and converts to Ismailism from the Sindhi Sumrahs, which sought help from the Isma ili state of Alamut in Iran to establish a state in the region of Multan and Sind.
After almost a century of clandestine activity by a number of obscure splinter groups, early Ismailism appeared on the historical stage around the middle of the third/ninth century as a dynamic and revolutionary religio-political movement.
Seldom easy to read and understand, al-Kirmani's writings, many of which survive, were, therefore, a major achievement both in Ismailism and in Islamic philosophy but surprisingly, until now, they have commanded relatively little attention.
In discussing the "authorship" of the Bujh Niranjan, Professor Asani traces the process by which an originally Sufi composition is appropriated within the Indian Ismaili ginan tradition, and in the process, integrated into that corpus, and as with other ginans, attributed to the inspiration of the various Pirs, the teachers and preachers of Nizari Ismailism in medieval north India.
A central problem for hikma-based history was that of miracles, tied to issues of prophecy and the challenges posed by heterodox movements such as Ismailism and Shiism.
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