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The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Shafique N. Virani


“None of that people should be spared, not even the babe in its cradle”. With these chilling words, the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan declared his intention to destroy the Ismailis, one of the most intellectually and politically significant Muslim communities of medieval Islamdom. The massacres that followed convinced observers that this powerful voice of Shi'i Islam had been forever silenced. Little was heard of these people for centuries, until their recent and dramatic emergence from obscurity. Today they exist as a dynamic and thriving community established in over twenty-five countries. Yet ... More

Keywords: Shi'ism, Ismailism, Iran, taqiyya, imam, Mongol, Sufism, Islamic philosophy, genocide, Aga Khan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.001.0001


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Shafique N. Virani, author
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