Proofs of prophecy and refutations of the Isma'ilis
were both major genres of discourse at the time, she says.
However, the entire Shi'ite movement - including the Zaidis, the Isma'ilis
, the Druze, the Alawites, etc.
Al-Husayni, Akhbar 106; al-Bundari, Zubdat al-nusra, 175, who points out that this was only after the atabeg Aqsunqur was assassinated by the Isma'ilis
(for this event, ibid.
The Shi'a schools are Ja'fari, Isma'ilis
, and Zaydis, and the Sunni schools are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali.
Assassin' was a local name, applied only to the Isma'ilis
But the entire Shi'ite sect (which consists of many sub-sects like the Zaidi Shi'ites of Yemen, the Isma'ilis
of the GME and other parts of the world, the Alawites of Syria and Turkey, the Druze of Lebanon, Syria and Israel; etc).
Northeastern provinces have a substantial population of Isma'ilis
, a Shiite Muslim sect often called "Seveners" (believers in the Seventh Imam as the true Imam).
But the entire Shi'ite sect (which consists of many sub-sects like the Zaidis of Yemen, the Isma'ilis
of the GME and other parts of the world, the Alawites of Syria and Turkey, the Druze of Lebanon, Syria and Israel; etc) accounts for 4-6% of the entire Muslim world of around 1.
Later he declared himself caliph of all Muslims, and pressed a campaign to root out all other Muslim and non-Muslim minorities, like the Shi'ites (including the Ja'faris, Zaidis, Isma'ilis
, Alawites & Druze), Ayzidis (a Kurdish stock originating from Zoroastrianism), Christians, etc.
Besides the "Twelvers" there are Zayyidis in Yemen, Alawis in Syria (the religion of the Assad regime) and Isma'ilis
living in many locations throughout the world.
The beginning is provided by the disquieting presentation of a paradise ruled by a murderer--the famous "Old Man of the Mountain" (see Daftary, The Isma'ilis
19; see also Fleischhauer; Nowell) described in detail by Marco Polo (Benedetto 49-53; see also Daftary, The Assassin who thinks Odoric's passage originated almost completely from Polo's book).
Throughout its long timeline, from the fourth/ninth century to the eighth/ thirteenth century, the Kalam discourse was largely dominated by the dialectics of Ash'aris, Traditionalists, Mu'tazilis, and Shi'is (especially Zaydis and Isma'ilis
to some extent).