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The Ismailis in the Middle AgesA History of Survival, a Search for Salvation$
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Shafique N. Virani

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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 Recovering a Lost History

 Recovering a Lost History

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The Ismailis in the Middle Ages

Shafique N. Virani (Contributor Webpage)

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Information on the Ismailis in the aftermath of the Mongol irruption is scattered. Not a single primary source containing a continuous historical narrative of the community in this period is known to exist. What survive are often nothing more than disparate references, laconic allusions, and suggestive passages in a sometimes bewildering array of materials. This chapter is an exposition of some of the more prominent sources used in writing this book. It is, as it were, a roll call of the most important witnesses called to testify in the court of history.

Keywords:   historiography, manuscript, Juwayni, Iran, Ilkhanid, Mongol, Ismaili, Khojki, subaltern

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