Spiritual Resurrection in Shi'i Islam: An Early Ismaili Treatise on the Doctrine of Qiyamat (Ismaili Texts and Translations) (Hardcover)

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Spiritual Resurrection in Shi'i Islam: An Early Ismaili Treatise on the Doctrine of Qiyamat (Ismaili Texts and Translations) By Christian Jambet (Foreword by), S. J. Badakhchani (Editor), S. J. Badakhchani (Translator) Cover Image
By Christian Jambet (Foreword by), S. J. Badakhchani (Editor), S. J. Badakhchani (Translator)
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I.B.Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Of the few surviving Nizari Ismaili texts from the Alamut period, the Haft bab (Seven Chapters), which outlines the basic tenets of Ismaili philosophical theology, has proved to be the most popular. One of its many attractive features is its simple recounting of the most complicated Ismaili theological narratives, including the doctrine of the Resurrection (qiyamat). Produced around the year 1203, this small treatise was probably intended as an introduction to the Diwan-i Qa'imiyyat compiled by Hasan-i Mahmud-i Katib (d. after 1242). For many years, the Haft bab was misattributed to Baba Sayyidna (Hasan-i Sabbah), but the true author has finally been identified as Hasan-i Mahmud-i Katib, whose works continue to shape our understanding of this important period.The current text of the Haft bab, edited and translated into English by S. J. Badakhchani, is based on Badakhchani's analysis of a great number of manuscripts available, including a complete and unaltered version. The concepts found in the text derive largely from the intellectual heritage of the Fatimids.These include the idea of tanzih (the absolute transcendence of God beyond human understanding and knowledge); a cyclical conception of prophetic history, consisting of seven eras (dawr); the Ismaili Imamate as the most important pillar of Ismaili Islam; and the Qiyamat as the completion and perfection of the religious law (shari'at).
The Ismaili interpretation of the Qiyamat is radically different from Qur'anic eschatology in its esoteric formation, spiritual aspiration and imaginative scope. The Haft bab explains this key doctrine of Nizari Ismailism, shedding light on a fundamental period in the history of Shi'i Islam.

About the Author


S.J Badakhchani is a Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. He obtained his doctorate in Islamic Philosophy at the University of Oxford and his MA in Islamic Philosophy from the faculty of Theology University of Mashhad, Iran. He has been Deputy Director of the Central Library at Firdausi University, Mashhad and Librarian at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He has published new editions and English translations of Sayr wa Suluk and Rawda yi taslim, as well as a collection of Tusi's three short treatises, Aghaz wa anjam, Tawalla wa tabarra and Matlub al-Mu'mimin and Diwan-i Qa'imiyyat by Hasan-i Mahmud-i Katib
Product Details
ISBN: 9781784532994
ISBN-10: 1784532991
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: March 30th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Ismaili Texts and Translations