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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.
Subtitle: NIZARI QUHISTANI AND THE CONTINUITY OF ISMAILI TRADITION IN PERSIA
Author: NADIA EBOO JAMAL