In fact, his utopia would be realized through Ismailism
Most of region's population of 250,000 is followers of Ismailism
, a branch of Shi'ite Islam, while most people in the rest of Tajikistan consider themselves Sunni Muslims.
As his father is the spiritual leader of the Shia denomination of Nizari Ismailism
, Spears converted to Islamism ahead of the nuptials.
The more orthodox version of Nizari Ismailism
, meanwhile, is still around, numbering as many as 15 million adherents and headed by the Aga Khan.
Mortada wrote that the soldiers he met in northern Lebanon are predominantly Sunnis, however they told him that Alawite, Christian and Kurdish officers have joined the Syrian Free Army in addition to others affiliated with Ismailism
, which is a branch of Shia Islam.
He has published prolifically throughout his seven-decade career: His first scholarly article--on the origins of Ismailism
, a branch of Shia Islam--came out in 1937 when he was 21, and his most recent book, The End of Modern History in the Middle East, hit bookstores earlier this year.
De Smet's analysis of the epistles from the perspective of Fatimid Ismailism
brings new light to our understanding of the origins of the Druze faith and stresses the serious limitations of our understanding of its early doctrine.
The starting point of Ismailism
can be attributed to some Shiites who at the time believed that Ismail did not die but went into occultation, that he would appear again and would be the promised Mahdi.
6) The rural milieu of the Babai was less influenced by the Koran-based Islam of the madrasa than by minor Islamic traditions, often referred to as "heterodox" (7)--such as Ismailism
, Batinism, and various concepts of popular Sufi Islam.
Since the pioneering work of Ivanow before and after the Second World War, the study of the history and doctrines of Ismailism
has become a growth industry, researched by both Ismaili and non-Ismaili scholars, greatly assisted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London with its library and growing collection of manuscripts, and summed up in The Ismailis.
The difference between the Twelvers and Ismailism
lies in that for the latter the imamate revolves around the number seven and prophecy does not terminate with Prophet Muhammad.