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Daftary, Farhad

Works: 113 works in 483 publications in 14 languages and 8,922 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Dictionaries  Bibliography  Bibliographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Encyclopedias  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Legends 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Other, Honoree, Dedicatee
Classifications: BP195.I8, 297.822
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Farhad Daftary
Culture and memory in medieval Islam : essays in honour of Wilferd Madelung( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores broad-ranging themes relating to memory, memorization, memorializing or commemorating in a variety of historical, legal, literary and architectural contexts. Distinguished scholars like Abbas Amanat, Irene Bierman, Elton Daniel, George Makdisi, Roy Mottahedeh, Andrew Newman, Ismail K. Poonawala, and Paul E. Walker examine lists and maps as memory aids, the transmission of knowledge and traditions from medieval to early modern times, the application of medieval notions of law and statecraft and the commemoration of individuals, civilizations and dynasties in historical and literary works, on coinage and in monumental forms."
Ismailis in medieval Muslim societies by Farhad Daftary( )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive treatment of Ismaili medieval history in its entirety. It will have great appeal to all scholars of medieval Islam. Farhad Daftary is one of the world's leading authorities on Ismaili history and literature. This important book, by an internationally acknowledged expert in Ismaili studies, introduces Ismaili history and thought in medieval times. Discussing the different phases in Ismaili history, it describes both the early Ismailis as well as the contributions of the later Ismailis to Islamic culture. A number of chapters deal with key Ismaili individuals such as Hasan-i Sabb
Ismaili literature : a bibliography of sources and studies by Farhad Daftary( )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ismaili Studies represents one of the most recent fields of Islamic Studies. Much new research has taken place in this field as a result of the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts. Ismaili Literature contains a complete listing of the sources and secondary studies, including theses, written by Ismailis or about them in all major Islamic and European languages. It also contains chapters surveying Ismaili history and developments in modern Ismaili Studies
The Ismāʻı̄lı̄s : their history and doctrines by Farhad Daftary( Book )

47 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Isma'ilis represent the second largest Shii Muslim community after the Twelvers, and are today scattered throughout more than twenty-five countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. This 2007 second edition of this authoritative book traces the history and doctrinal development of the Isma'ilis from their origins in the formative period of Islam to the present day, a period of more than twelve centuries. All the major phases of Isma'ili history are covered, including the pre-Fatimid period, the Fatimid 'golden age', the Tayyibi-Mustali period and the history of the Nizari Isma'ilis of Persia and Syria before the Mongol invasions. The final part traces the history of the modern Isma'ilis, particularly the socio-economic progress of the Nizari communities. The new edition is a thorough revision and incorporates new material, an expanded bibliography and new illustrations. It will be invaluable reading for students of Islamic and Middle Eastern history
Historical dictionary of the Ismailis by Farhad Daftary( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam, live in over 25 different countries around the world, mainly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Their history has typically been linked to the history of the various countries in which they live, but the worldwide community is united under Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader and 49th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. Few fields of Islamic studies have witnessed as drastic a change as Ismaili studies, due in part to the recent discovery of numerous historical texts, and author Farhad Daftary makes extensive use of these new sources in the Historical Dictionary of the Ismailis. This comprehensive new reference work is the first of its kind on the Ismailis and presents a summary of the findings of modern scholarship on the Ismaili Shia Muslims and different facets of their heritage. The dictionary covers all phases of Ismaili history as well as the main doctrines of the community. It includes an introductory chapter, which provides a broad historical survey of the Ismailis, followed by alphabetical entries on all major aspects of the community, such as key figures, institutions, traditions, and doctrines. It also contains a chronology, genealogical tables, a glossary, and a substantial bibliography. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Ismailis
A short history of the Ismailis : traditions of a Muslim community by Farhad Daftary( Book )

41 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major Shi'i Muslim community with a long and eventful history, the Ismailis were until recently studied primarily on the basis of the accounts of their enemies, including the Sunni polemicists and the Crusader chroniclers. As a result, a host of legends were disseminated on the teachings and practices of the Ismailis. The study of Ismailism began to be revolutionized from the 1930s, with the recovery of a large number of Ismaili texts preserved in private collections. A Short History of the Ismailis brings together the results of modern scholarship on the highlights of Ismaili history and doctrines within the broader contexts of Islamic history and Shi'i thought. Critically examining the Ismaili historiography and other types of relevant source materials, this book covers the main developments in all the major phases of Ismaili history, including the early formative period, the Fatimid and Ismaili golden age, and the Alamut and post-Alamut periods. It also examines the major schisms among the Islmailis as well as their more recent history. -- Publisher description
Intellectual traditions in Islam( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of papers by scholars on the role of the intellect in the legal, theological, philosophical and mystical traditions of Islam
A modern history of the Ismailis : continuity and change in a Muslim community by Farhad Daftary( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of studies is the first scholarly attempt to survey the modern history of both Ismaili branches since the middle of the 19th century. For the Nizari Ismailis it covers a variety of topical issues and themes, including the modern history of their communities in Syria, Central Asia, South Asia and East Africa, as well as their migration to the West. The Aga Khans' modernizing, education and gender policies are also discussed, as well as the Aga Khan Development Network and approaches to the built environment. A separate part is devoted to the modern history of the Tayyibi Bohras and developments within this community. --Book Jacket
A history of Shi'i Islam by Farhad Daftary( )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Portuguese and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shiʻi Muslims have played a crucial role, proportionally greater than their relative size, in furthering the civilizational achievements of Islam. Indeed, the Shiʻi scholars and literati of various branches and regions, including scientists, philosophers, theologians, jurists and poets, have made seminal contributions to Islamic thought and culture. There have also been numerous Shiʻi dynasties, families or individual rulers who patronized scholars, poets and artists as well as various institutions of learning in Islam. In spite of its significance, however, Shiʻi Islam has received little scholarly attention in the West, and when it has been discussed, whether in general or in terms of some of its subdivisions, it has normally been treated marginally as a 'sect' or a 'heterodoxy'. Although some progress has been made in certain areas of Shiʻi studies in recent decades, it is a fact that Shiʻi communities of all traditions continue to be variously misunderstood and misrepresented, not only by the Sunni Muslims but by non-Muslims as well. The present book draws on the scattered findings of modern scholarship in the field, attempting to explain the formative era of Shiʻi Islam, when a multitude of Muslim groups and schools of thought were elaborating their doctrinal positions. Subsequent chapters are devoted to the history of the Ithnaʻasharis, or Twelvers, the Ismailis, the Zaydis and the Nusayris (now more commonly known in Syria as the ʻAlawis), the four communities that account for almost the entirety of the Shiʻi Muslim population of the world (ca. 200 million). The result is a comprehensive survey of Shiʻi Islam that will serve as an accessible work of reference for academics in both Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, as well as the broader field of the History of Religions, and also more general, non-specialist readers
Mediaeval Ismaʻili history and thought by Farhad Daftary( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Until recently the Ismaʻilis were judged almost exclusively on the basis of the hostile accounts of their Muslim enemies and the fanciful tales of the Crusaders. As a result, numerous misconceptions were disseminated about the teachings and practices of the Ismaʻilis, known in European tradition as the Assassins. In the 1930s, however, authentic Ismaʻili texts began to be recovered from private collections which shed new light on mediaeval Ismaʻili history and thought. This collective volume, the first major effort of its kind in this branch of Islamic studies, brings together some of the original results of modern scholarship in the area, written by leading contemporary authorities, as well as distinguished Islamists."
The Assassin legends : myths of the Ismaʻilis by Farhad Daftary( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For hundreds of years Westerners have been fascinated by stories of the Assassins, their mysterious leader and their remote mountain stronghold at Alamut in Northern Iran. The legends first emerged in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Crusaders in Syria came into contact with the Nazari Isma'ilis, one of the communities of Shi'ite Islam who, at the behest of their leader Hassan Sabaa (mythologized as the "Old Man of the Mountain"), engaged in dangerous missions to kill their enemies. Elaborated over the years, the tales culminated in Marco Polo's claim that the "Old Man" controlled the behaviour of his self-sacrificing devotees through the use of hashish and a secret garden of paradise. So influential were these tales that the word "assassin" entered European languages as a common noun meaning "murderer". -- Daftary traces the origins and early development of the legends - as well as investigating the historical context in which they were fabricated and transmitted. As such, this book reveals an extraordinary programme of propaganda rooted in the medieval Muslim world and medieval Europe's ignorance of this world. This book also provides the first English translation of French orientalist Silvestre de Sacy's famous 19th-century "Memoire" on the Assassins."
Living in historic Cairo : past and present in an Islamic city( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film portrays al-Darb al-Ahmar, a section in the heart of the old city. Conceived to accompany this book, "Living in historic Cairo", the film follows several interwoven restoration projects undertaken in Cairo. The projects combine conservation with social, cultural and economic neighbourhood schemes. Directed by Maysoon Pachachi and produced by Elizabeth Fernea. Echo Productions, c2001
Ismaili history and intellectual traditions by Farhad Daftary( )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ismailis represent an important Shiʻī Muslim community with rich intellectual and literary traditions. The complex history of the Ismailis dates back to the 2nd/8th century when they separated from other Shiʻī groups under the leadership of their own imams. Soon afterwards, the Ismailis organised a dynamic, revolutionary movement, known as the daʻwa or mission, for uprooting the Sunni regime of the Abbasids and establishing a new Shiʻī caliphate headed by the Ismaili imam. By the end of the 3rd/9th century, the Ismaili daʻiş, operating secretly on behalf of the movement, were active in almost every region of the Muslim world, from Central Asia and Persia to Yemen, Egypt and the Maghrib. This book brings together a collection of the best works from Farhad Daftary, one of the foremost authorities in the field. The studies cover a range of specialised topics related to Ismaili history, historiography, institutions, theology, law and philosophy, amongst other intellectual traditions elaborated by the Ismailis. The collation of these invaluable studies into one book would be of great interest to the Ismaili community, as well to anyone studying Islam in general, or Shiʻī Islam in particular
The study of Shi'i Islam : history, theology and law by Institute of Ismaili Studies( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fortresses of the intellect : Ismaili and other Islamic studies in honour of Farhad Daftary by Omar Alí-de-Unzaga( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omar Ali-de-Unzaga is the Coordinator of the Qur'anic Studies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. --Book Jacket
Study of Shi'i Islam, The [electronic resource] : History, Theology and Law by Farhad Daftary( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shi'i Islam, with its rich and extensive history, has played a crucial role in the evolution of Islam as both a major world religion and civilization. The prolific achievements of Shi'i theologians, philosophers and others are testament to the spiritual and intellectual wealth of this community. Yet Shi'i studies has unjustly remained a long-neglected field, despite the important contribution that Shi'ism has made to Islamic traditions
The Shi'i world : pathways in tradition and modernity( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ismailis : an illustrated history by Farhad Daftary( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Ismailis are a community of Shi'i Muslims who have settled around the world. Throughout their history, the Ismailis have been guided by hereditary leaders, Imams, who trace their genealogy back to the prophet Muhammad through his daughter, Fatima, and his son-in-law and cousin, 'Ali. At various times in their long, complex history, the Ismailis founded states, cities and institutions, contributed to the traditions of scholarship in Islam, and were patrons of learning and the arts. But the story of the Ismailis is also that of a religious minority who survived successive threats to their existence. Currently, the Ismailis are a pluralistic community led by their present Imam, Shah Karim al-Husaynit, Aga Khan IV. With some 400 images of manuscripts, artefacts and monuments, community documents as well as important historical and contemporary photographs, and based on the results of modern scholarship in the field, this book offers a comprehensive and accessible account of Ismaili history and intellectual achievements, set in the wider contexts of Islamic and world history."--Back cover
The Fatimid caliphate : diversity of traditions by Farhad Daftary( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fatimids ruled much of the Mediterranean world for over two centuries. From the conquest of Ifriqiya in 909 to defeat at the hands of Saladin in 1171, the Fatimid caliphate governed a broad area stretching, at its peak, from the Red Sea in the East to the Atlantic Ocean in the West. Their leaders - the Ismaili Shi?i Imam-caliphs - were notable for largely pursuing a policy of tolerance towards the various religious and ethnic communities of their realm, and they embraced diverse approaches to administering a vast empire. Such methods of negotiating government an diversity created a lasting pluralistic legacy. The present volume, edited by Farhad Daftary and Shainool Jiwa, brings together original contributions from a number of leading authorities in the field. Based on analyses of primary sources, the chapters shed fresh light on the impact of Fatimid rule. The book presents little-explored aspects of state-society relations such as the Fatimid model of the vizierate, Sunni legal responses to Fatimid traditions, and the role of women in prayer. Highlighting the distinctive nature of the Fatimid empire and its legacy, this book will be of special interest to researchers in medieval Islamic history and thought
Encyclopaedia Islamica( Book )

in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Culture and memory in medieval Islam : essays in honour of Wilferd Madelung
Ismailis in medieval Muslim societiesIsmaili literature : a bibliography of sources and studiesThe Ismāʻı̄lı̄s : their history and doctrinesA short history of the Ismailis : traditions of a Muslim communityIntellectual traditions in IslamA modern history of the Ismailis : continuity and change in a Muslim communityMediaeval Ismaʻili history and thoughtThe Assassin legends : myths of the Ismaʻilis
Alternative Names
Daftarī, Farhād

Daftarī, Farhād 1938-

Daftarī, Farḣod

Daftari, Farkhad

Daftary, F.

Daftary, Farhad

Daftary, Farhad 1938-

Farhad Daftary historicus uit Iran

Farhad Daftary islamista iraniano

Farhad Daftary persisch-britischer Islamwissenschaftler

Дафтари, Фархад

دفترى، فرهاد.

دفتري، فرهاد

دفتري, فرهاد 1938-

دفتري، فرهاد، 1938 أو 9-

دفتري، فرهد

دفتری, فرهاد 1317-...

فرهاد دفتري

فرهاد دفتري، 1938 أو 9-

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