ISMAILI HISTORY: PROPAGATION
“The earliest contact of Isma’ili da’wah with the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent was well before the Fatimid empire was established. It began with the establishment of the Isma’ili principality in Yaman (Yemen) in the year 268 AH/881 CE by da’is Ibn Hawshab and Ali bin Fadl. From Yaman, da’i Ibn Hawshab sent his nephew da’i al-Haytham to Sind in the year 270 AH/883 CE….”
Shaded in green, the Fatimid Caliphate at its height. Yaman (Yemen) is shown by blue arrows. The Ismaili da’wah into India originated in Yaman, when the Fatimid Empire was not yet established. Click on map for enlargement.
The Pre-Fatimid (Yaman) and Fatimid Periods
The aim of this article  is to establish historically the Isma’ili da’wah prior to the development of the Ginanic da’wah.  The period under study is from 207 AH/883 CE — 752 AH/1351 CE.
Multan is known as the City of Sufis or City of Saints and Madinat-ul-Auliya because of the large number of shrines and Sufi saints from the city. Map Source: Wikipedia. Edited by Simerg.
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