Esotericism in the Ismaili Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismailism

Esoterism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismāʿīlīsm Continuing from the works cited from al-Sijistani’s works, we continue by quoting from another source on Ismāʿīlī bāṭenism or esotericism. Following are refereces from Dr. Marakem in his book Philosiphical Significance of the Imām in Ismāʿīlīsm. “Knowing the imām is the perfection…

Esotericism in the Ismaili Tradition Part II: Tawil of Allah and the System of Four Roots

  Continuing our research into the deception of esotericism, let us go back to theological sources and find the definitions for both esotericism (the hidden reality) and exoterism (the external or the apparent). Finding the Definition of Esotericism and Exotericism from Theological Sources The definitions of exotericism (ẓâhir) and esoteric (bāṭen or taʾwīl) vary, the…

Takmil-e-Deen and the Need for a Living Imam: Part 1

ۚ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا Translation: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. (Holy Quran 5:3 – excerpt) 1. Takmil-e-Deen / Khatm-e-Nabuwat as the Basic Tenet of Faith The religion of Islam has been…