Intellectual Interactions in the Islamic World: The Ismaili Thread

This international conference and subsequent edited volume aim at bringing together a series of case studies reflecting various aspects of intellectual interactions as well as actual and possible influences between Ismailis and other groups and movements within the complex body of Islamic civilisation.
 
This international conference and subsequent edited volume aim at bringing together a series of case studies reflecting various aspects of intellectual  interactions as well as actual and possible influences between Ismailis and  other groups and movements within the complex body of Islamic civilisation.
 
The conference emphasises the intellectual diversity of the Islamic world and focuses on a religious group, in this case the Ismailis, in the context of its  intellectual relationships with other groups and currents within Islam. It is an  approach that can produce a result quite different from, and complementary  to, the image obtained from the study of historiographical and doxographical  literature alone.
 
The project covers incipient Ismailism as well as all the main communities such as the Fatimidsinfo-icon, the Nizārīs, the Ṭayyibīs, and Pamiri and Indian  Ismailism, with ‘Intellectual Interactions’ being divided into eight broad chapters:
 
1) Sources and their Interpretation
2) The Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ and the Ismailis
3) Polemics
4) Authority and Law
5) Philosophy
6) Mystical, Gnostic and Messianic Trends
7) Ismaili-Sufi Relationships
8) Exegesis and Interactions across Religious Boundaries.
The conference brings together an international team of about 30 leading
scholars.
 
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