A Survey of Ismaili Studies Part 2: Post‐Fatimid and Modern Ismailism

  title={A Survey of Ismaili Studies Part 2: Post‐Fatimid and Modern Ismailism},
  author={Khalil Andani},
  journal={Religion Compass},
This article continues to discuss the major scholarly issues and developments in the study of Ismaili Muslim history and thought in the post-Fatimid and modern periods. In general, scholarly coverage of the Nizari Ismailis greatly outweighs that of the Tayyibis. Following the concealment of the Tayyibi Imams in the 12th century, the Tayyibi da‘wah continued in Yemen under the leadership of da‘is representing the Imams and divided into two major groups – the Sulaymanis and Da'udis. The Nizari… 

Aga Khan IV and Contemporary Isma‘ili Identity: Pluralist Vision and Rooted Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitan engagement and pluralism are consistent themes that run through the Isma‘ili community’s history and continue to be an integral characteristic of the community’s identity. The present

Divine Diversity: The Aga Khan’s Vision of Pluralism

Abstract:This article analyzes the Aga Khan’s discourse on pluralism and cosmopolitan ethics, arguing that these ideals are rooted in and expressive of his Muslim theological vision and constitute

Towards an Online Searchable Bibliographic Database for Ismāʿīlī Studies

This paper provides the rationale for a specialized disciplinary database, as opposed to using multi - or interdisciplinary databases to conduct research in Ismāʿīlī Studies, and can serve as a model for theological libraries that wish to implement a similar disciplinary database for others areas of research in theological and religious studies.



The end of Taqiyya: reaffirming the religious identity of Ismailis in Shughnan, Badakhshan – political implications for Afghanistan

Ismailis constitute a small religious minority community in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. They reside primarily in Rushan, Shughnan, Ishkashim, Wakhan, Zibak and Kuran-Munjan regions. The

The queen was actually a man: Arwā bint Ahmad and the politics of religion

Arwā bint Ahmad (d. 532/1137) ruled in Yemen for fifty-five years. She played an important political role and at the same time occupied the highest rank in the Ismā'īlī religious hierarchy after that

A Forgotten Branch of the Ismailis

  • W. Ivanow
  • History
    Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • 1938
Every student of Indian history is familiar with the extraordinary event, quite unique in the annals of the Muslim dynasties in India, which took place in 1537, when Burhān Niẓām Shāh, the Sunni

Taqiyya and Identity in a South Asian Community

The Guptīs of Bhavnagar, India, represent an unexplored case of taqiyya, or precautionary dissimulation, and challenge traditional categories of religious identity in South Asia. Taqiyya is normally

The Khojkī Script: A Legacy of Ismaili Islam in the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent@@@The Khojki Script: A Legacy of Ismaili Islam in the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent

The adoption of a communal script was one of the methods employed by several of the subcontinent's ethnic and religious groups to enhance communal solidarity. This article introduces a script

The divine Word (Kalima) in Shahrastānī's Majlis

This article describes the concept of the divine Word (Kalima) in the Majlis of Shahrastānī, one of the forerunners of the universal history of religions. Shahrastānī combines several elements of

Muslim Migration, Institutional Development, and the Geographic Imagination: The Aga Khan Development Network’s Global Transnationalism

Ismaili Muslims are an example of a transcontinental group that comprises indigenous and migrant communities located in various parts of the world. Many of the global Ismaili community’s key

The Epistle of the Fatimid Caliph al-Āmir (al-Hidāya al-Āmiriyya)—its Date and its Purpose

  • S. M. Stern
  • History
    Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • 1950
The strife over the succession of the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustanṣir left a decisive mark on the later history of the Ismaili sect. The quarrel between the followers of his two rival sons, al-Musta'lī


It has been difficult to understand the development of Isma'ili thought in the 10-12th century, for Isma'ili people have hidden their doctrine from outsiders for a long time. Since in the 19th