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History, Scripture, and Practice in the Indo-Ismā‘īlī Tradition

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Title: History, Scripture, and Practice in the Indo-Ismā‘īlī Tradition
Authors: Samji, Ali S.
Issue Date: Aug 2015
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2015]
Abstract: To date, the study of the Fāṭimid and Alamūt – Arabic and Persian – periods of the Shī‘ah Imāmī Ismā‘īlī Muslims has taken precedence over the study of the Indo-Ismā‘īlī period. For this reason, the present thesis will consider the ‘Indian’ phase of the tradition by focusing on their history, scripture, and practice. Throughout the thesis, several gināns (Indo-Ismā‘īlī devotional literature) orated by the Ismā‘īlī pīrs (Persian sing.: پير ‘preacher-saint’) will be used to illustrate the devotional aspects of the tradition. By examining the ginānic corpus, it will be argued that the pīrs consciously merged Indian (e.g., avatāra: incarnation) and Ismā‘īlī (e.g., Mahdī: “Lord of the Resurrection”) concepts to create a distinctive tradition (Satpanth: “the true path”) in the Indian milieu.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015.
Includes bibliographical references.
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