Introduction Karim Aga Khan’s mother is popularly known within Ismaili circles as Princess Tajuddawlah and in the Western media as Joan Aly Khan. At age 19, Princess Tajuddawalah married Group. Captain Thomas L.E.B. Guinness. Prince Tajuddawlah was then known as Joan Barbara Yarde-Buller. After obtaining a divorce from Thomas Guinness, she married Prince Aly S. … Continue reading
The Fatimid Empire of North Africa is one of the most controversial empires in Islamic history. They are misrepresented by Ismailis and some orientalists as enlightened leaders that brought a new golden age to the Muslim world. However, scholars and historians from the Muslim world have shown a different side to this 10th century dynasty. The story … Continue reading
A brief overview of the history of modern-day Ismailis, from their beginnings as the feared Assassins to the modern-day Aga Khan with evidence from various independent sources, including the History Channel.
Every Ismāʿīlī child is made to believe that Fatimid period was a glorious one when sciences, arts, social justice and tolerance reached their peak and after the decline in Fatimid rule, ʾIslām has been on the decline and never recovered its glorious past. In this article, we discuss publication by the Institute of Ismāʿīlī Studies … Continue reading
A history of when Aga Khan I came to India and ordered the Khoja community to either pay up his version of charity called “Dasond” directly to him or leave the community. This is when Habib Ibrahim and eleven of his brothers (collectively known as “Barbhai” or “Bara Bhai” or “Twelve Brothers”) stood up against Aga … Continue reading
Foundation of the Ismaili Faith is based upon Karim Aga Khan having an unbroken hereditary link with Ali (ra) who was appointed as Mawla. Ismailis recite in their Holy Dua (daily prayers), the names of their 49 Imams, the consecutive descendants of Ali (ra). Ismailis claim that this uninterrupted lineage for the last 1400 years … Continue reading
For many years, Ismailis have devised and followed a certain criteria for designating the living Imam (or Hazar Imam). These criteria have not only been followed throughout their history, but are also taught to all Ismailis. In this article we will look at the principles of Nizari Ismaili Imamate over the centuries, birth and background … Continue reading
Can a son succeed his father and become the next “Living Imam” (or Hazar Imam) if the son predeceases the father? If not, then those who call themselves as Shia Ismailis have to think harder before calling themselves the followers of Imam Ismail who did not live long enough to become the next Hazar Imam. Here is … Continue reading