Ismaili History and Historiography: Phases, Sources and Studies

Farhad Daftary

in A Short History of the Ismailis

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780748609048
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671281 | DOI:
Ismaili History and Historiography: Phases, Sources and Studies

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After describing the main phases in Ismaili history, this chapter investigates Ismaili historiography covering the major categories of sources. Different genres of texts produced by the Ismaili 'īs, who were the scholars of the community, are covered before taking up the anti-Ismaili writings of the Sunnis and the Assassin legends fabricated by the Crusader circles. This chapter ends by evaluating the contributions of the orientalists of the 19th century and the breakthrough of modern scholarship in the field based on the recovery and study of Ismaili manuscripts since the 1930s.

Keywords: Historiography; Anti-Ismaili polemics; Assassins; Dā‘īs

Chapter.  8587 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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