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Shii Studies Review 2

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2018
Authors  Shafique N. Virani
Editor  Hassan Ansari , Sabine Schmidtke
Key Words  Ismaili; Alamut; Qasim Tushtari; Hasan-i sabbah; Ginan

Drawing extensively on the testimony of the Persian historians of the seventh-eighth
hijri centuries (corresponding to the thirteen-fourteenth centuries of the Christian
era), this article sketches a detailed picture of several personalities involved in founding
the nascent Ismaili state centred at Alamūt in the fifth/eleventh century. This
background sets the stage for analyzing a new manuscript source documenting
Ismaili history and thought of this period, Khwāja Qāsim Tushtarī’s Recognizing God
(Maʿrifat-i Khudāy taʿālā). After outlining and amending previous scholarship on this
author and surveying the text’s extant manuscript and lithographic sources, the article
analyzes the historical references, focusing on the figure of Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad,
and examining the evolution of the Ismaili leadership structure. It argues for a likely
date of composition between 525/1131 and 533/1139, making Tushtarī’s Recognizing God
one of the oldest Ismaili texts from Alamūt still in existence.

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