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The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Dive into the intricate history of the Ismailis, a resilient and enigmatic Muslim community that defied extinction and rose from the ashes. In 'The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, A Search for Salvation,' Shafique N. Virani unravels the mystery surrounding their survival, shedding light on a period marked by obscurity.

From the devastating Mongol onslaught that threatened their existence to the emergence of Ismaili Imams at Anjudan, this book delves deep into the motivations, beliefs, and perseverance of the Ismailis. Virani explores the rich esoteric thought that sustained them during their darkest hours.

This remarkable work, honored with numerous awards, offers profound insights into Islamic history, spirituality, Shi'ism, and Iran. With a blend of erudition, captivating anecdotes, delightful poetry, and engaging narrative, it's a must-read for scholars and enthusiasts alike. 'The Ismailis in the Middle Ages' is an extraordinary journey through history and spiritual enlightenment.


  • The Farabi International Award
  • Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award (Middle East Studies Association, runner-up)
  • UNESCO Award
  • ISESCO Award
  • Co-winner of the Book Award (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies)