Sijistani, Abu Ya‘qub

(d. 971)

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(d. ca. 971)

Prominent early Ismaili dai (missionary) and author, who also carried the curious nickname Panbah-danah (Arabic khayshafuj), meaning “cotton seed.” Eventually succeeded to the leadership of the Ismaili dawah (missionary) activities in his native Sistan (Arabicized to Sijistan), as well as Khurasan and other parts of Iran and Transoxiana. Influential early member of the Iranian school of philosophical Ismailism characterized by complex metaphysical systems in which Ismaili theology was amalgamated with a variety of philosophical traditions, notably Neoplatonism. Writings provide a main source for understanding the early development of this distinctively Ismaili tradition of philosophical theology and its cosmological doctrines.

Subjects: Islam — Philosophy.

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