Although a large body of the great poetry of the Islamic world has been translated into English, except for a few fragments, the poetry of the Isma'ilis is still only accessible in the original. This anthology should enable lovers of devotional and mystical poetry to sample the great range and depth of Isma'ili poetry. The selection spans 1000 years of Isma'ili history, from the time of the Fatimid caliphate to the present day. It includes both sophisticated and popular verses from the Isma'ili poets of Arabia, Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, China, India and Pakistan composed in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Burushaski and Urdu. In addition to the theme of divine love and the virtues of the prophet and the Immans, the poems present some of the central ideas of the Isma'ilis and their esoteric interpretation of Islam.
Part 1 Al-Qadi al-Nu'man: The most high. Part 2 Ibn Hani al-Andalusi: A shimmering light; O children of Fatima!; the progeny of Hashim; the foundation of faith; the glory of our time; the first creation; the proof of God; you are the one; Heaven on Earth; if you were not to be; those who have lost their way; the pilgrimage of a mount; encounter in the desert; thunder in the mountains; assembly of banners. Part 3 Amir Tamin al-Fatima: Elegy for al-Mu-izz; on the festival of Nawruz; time and destiny; remembrance of the heart; recognition of the Imam; if you have Mawla's love. Part 4 'Allama Nasir Hunzai: The slave of Mawla 'Ali; quatrains of love; the treasure of Luqman; glad tidings for the soul; secrets of the heart. Part 5 Isma'il Adra: a noble birthday; my breathless heart.