New publication: A Modern History of the Ismailis – Continuity and Change in a Muslim Community, Edited by Dr. Farhad Daftary — Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

The second largest Shi‘i Muslim community after the Ithna‘ashari or Twelvers, the Ismailis have had a long and complex history dating back to the formative period of Islam. Subsequently, they became subdivided into a number of major branches and minor groups. However, since the beginning of the 12th century CE, the Ismailis have existed in…

“Diversity in Islam: Communities of Interpretation” — By Dr. Farhad Daftary at Academic Article of Institute of Ismaili studies

Dr. Farhad Daftary Co-Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications An edited version of an article originally published in The Muslim Almanac (Gale Research Inc, Detroit, MI: 1996), pp.161-173, ed. A. Nanji. Diversity in early Islam The death of the Prophet Muhammad after a brief illness confronted the nascent Muslim community…

Book: The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma’ilis, By Farhad Daftary

ISBN-13: 978-1850439509 ISBN-10: 1850439508 For hundreds of years Westerners have been fascinated by stories of the Assassins, their mysterious leader and their remote mountain stronghold at Alamut in Northern Iran. The legends first emerged in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Crusaders in Syria came into contact with the Nazari Isma’ilis, one of the communities…

Muslims, Martyrs and Misconceptions — By Farhad Daftary on Fair Observer com

Legends based on polemic and fantasy distorted the image of medieval Nizari Ismaili Muslims, turning them into drug-crazed “assassins.” Legends of the Assassins first appeared in medieval times and circulated widely in both the Middle East and Europe. Arising from the mysterious practices of the Nizari Ismailis and their unwavering devotion to their chief—the so-called…

Milan, Italy: Co-Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies Dr Farhad Daftary appointed Lifetime Member of Accademia Ambrosiana

Dr Farhad Daftary Appointed Lifetime Member of Accademia Ambrosiana December 2014 Dr Farhad Daftary, Co-Director of the Institute, was appointed a lifetime member of Accademia Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy, in November   The Ambrosian Academy has its seat at the Ambrosian Library, founded in 1609 in Milan. The Academy promotes and coordinates systematic research and…

Listen Audio on History of Philosophy Net: Farhad Daftary on the Ismā’īlīs

Peter is joined by Farhad Daftary, a leading expert on the Shiite group known as the Ismā’īlīs. Press ‘play’ to hear the podcast: Right click and ‘save’ to download as MP3 Further Reading: • F. Daftary, The Ismailis: Their History and Doctrines (Cambridge: 1990). • F. Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis (London:…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Co-Sponsors Conference to mark 125th birth Anniversary of Wladimir Ivanow – IIS News

  News & Events IIS April 2012 The IIS, in conjunction with the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), organised an international conference in Saint Petersburg to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Wladimir Alekseevich Ivanow, the pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies. The conference ‘Ismaili Traditions and Spirituality of…