The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History

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:
The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History

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This chapter covers the history of the early Nizārī Ismailis who separated from the Musta'lian Ismailis on the death of the Fatimid caliph-imam al-Mustanṣir in 487/1094. It focuses on the career of the Ismaili dā'ī Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ who founded the Nizārī state and the independent Nizārī da'wa in Iran. It also covers the reigns of Ḥasan’s successors at the fortress of Alamūt who led the Nizārī Ismaili state, da'wa and community, and propounded their teachings in response to changing circumstances, including the doctrine of qiyāma or resurrection. The chapter closes with the events related to the Nizārī-Mongol relations and the final destruction of the Nizārī state by the Mongol hordes in 654/1256.

Keywords: Alamūt; Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ; Assassins; qiyāma

Chapter.  17574 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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