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Understanding Ismailism – Chapter 9 [Audiobook]

Here is a free preview of our upcoming audiobook Understanding Ismailism which is an audio rendering of Akbarally Meherally’s acclaimed book of the same name. The book has been appreciated in a large number of scholarly circles and has been translated into Urdu and Gujarati and re-published a number of times. The Inside Ismailism and Rethinking … Continue reading

Cult of the Dead in Ismailism

Introduction In the anthropology of religion, a funerary cult is a body of religious teaching and practice centered on the dead, in which the living are thought to be able to confer benefits on the dead in the afterlife or to appease their otherwise wrathful ghosts. Rituals were carried on for the benefit of the … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part IV: “Taʾwīl” in the Qur’ān

In the last of our series of episodes on esotericism, we will analyze the mentions of the word taʾwīl in the Qur’ān and explore the exegesis and tafsīr of these verses, and look at how bāṭenists have been promoting their false interpretations. The word taʾwīl means: to return, or to revert. The allusion is those … Continue reading