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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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 Summoning to the Truth

 Summoning to the Truth

(p.71) FOUR Summoning to the Truth
The Ismailis in the Middle Ages

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The Ismaili da'wa, or summons to recognize the absolute divinity and oneness of God, was conducted through a highly structured organization. This organization, envisioned as a hierarchy of seven levels paralleling the seven heavens, played a pivotal role in keeping the scattered pockets of the community connected to each other and to the Imam. The chapter traces what is known of the family tree of the Imam Shams al-Din Muhammad, which had both Qasimshahi and Muhammadshahi branches.

Keywords:   da'wa, Qasim Tushtari, hudud-i din, ta'lim, satr, Shah Tahir, mustaqarr, mustawda', batin, Qasimshah

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