During the 13th century, the Persian-speaking lands were devastated by a series of Mongol invasions resulting in the death and displacement of countless Muslims of the region. Contrary to beliefs, a small number of Ismailis survived the Mongol onslaught, together with the basic infrastructure of their religious organization, the "da'wa". Here, the author explores, by examining the 13th-century writings of the poet Nizari Quhistani, how the Persian Ismailis maintained their religious identity and community.
Nadia Eboo Jamal received her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University, and is a specialist in Iranian history and culture in the period of Mongol rule.
Foreword by Farhad Daftary xiii Preface xv 1 Introduction 1 Part One: The Ismaili Da'wa: Community, History and Destiny 9 2 The Early Ismaili and Fatimid Da'was 11 3 The NizA rA-- Ismaili Da'wa 32 4 The Mongol Catastrophe 44 Part Two: NizA rA-- QuhistA nA--: The Search for Meaning and Identity 55 5 The Poet NizA rA-- QuhistA nA-- 57 6 Ismailism, Sufism and NizA rA-- QuhistA nA-- 84 7 NizA rA--s Safar-nA ma: The Journey of a DA 'A-- 108 Notes 147 Bibliography 169 Index 181