Simply amazing! The author details his own experiences and first-hand encounters with the Aga Khan – especially when he himself was flying with the Aga Khan and one of the engines failed. Even the Aga’s own wife told the author not to share this with the Aga as she knew that his feeble heart wouldn’t be able bear that. Another incident where Aga told the author to move to Congo as Aga Khan believed that independence for Congo would be a long-shot. However, Congo was *the* first country to gain independence from the British. Remember that Aga Khan proclaims to be “God’s man on Earth” and Ismailis worship him, pray to him and ask him for forgiveness of their sins – all in exchange for money.
This book, together with the documentary “God’s Money” is a must-see for anyone who deals with Ismailis and especially for Ismailis themselves who are rethinking Ismailism.
In this book, Akberally Meherally collects amazing historical accounts from books published by Western historians, books published by Insitute of Ismaili Studies and Ismailia Association of Pakistan to highlight contradictions in the lineage claimed by the Aga Khans to the Fatimid Caliphate. While the Fatimid Caliphate was close to a true lineage of the Prophet (pbuh), Akberally Meherally exposes at least five major points in history where history of the present-day Nizari Ismailis is disconnected with their presumed ancestors. Ismaili missionaries today go to great lengths to sweep these gaps under the carpet by calling them ‘daur-e-satr’, but historical accounts tell us otherwise. Read his book to find out now.
With a through analysis of Eastern and Western historical accounts, John Hollister sheds light on how the Nizari Imams of Alamut came to India and how Ismailism was adopted by Khojas in it’s present form.
Fada’ih al-Batiniyya wa Fada’il al-Mustazhiriyya,
popularly known as al-Mustazhari by Imam Ghazali was written for refutation of the Batiniites, or the Ismailis. The book is translated into English as
The Infamies (Enormities) or the Batinites and the Virtues (Merits) of the Mustazhirites
by Richard J. McCarthy
A Voice from India, being an Appeal to the British Legislature by the Khojahs of Bombay against the Usurped and Oppressive Domination of Hussain Hussanee commonly called and known as “Aga Khan” by a Native of Bombay, now a resident in London (1864)
This paper is a thesis paper written by Marco van Grondelle – an independent researcher which traces the origins of Ismailis “from Assassin Legends to modern citizens” and analyzes Ismaili history from 1839, being the first contact of Ismailis with the British up to 1969 – the time when Aga Khan had firmly established friendly relations with the British. The paper is divided into sections: First Contact (1840 – 1914), Crisis Years – ‘much valuable service’ (1914 – 1920), Interbellum – from staunch ally to a ‘broken reed’ (1920 – 1939), War Clouds Again (1939 – 1953), The Question of Succession to the Imamate (1953 – 1958), Firmly established as a friend of Britain (1955 – 1969). followed by Conclusions
The Aga Khan Case focuses on a nineteenth-century court case in Bombay that influenced how religious identity was defined in India and subsequently the British Empire. The case arose when a group of Indians known as the Khojas refused to pay tithes to the Aga Khan, a Persian nobleman and hereditary spiritual leader of the Ismailis. The Khojas abided by both Hindu and Muslim customs and did not identify with a single religion prior to the court’s ruling in 1866, when the judge declared them to be converts to Ismaili Islam beholden to the Aga Khan.
In her analysis of the gināns, the religious texts of the Khojas that formed the basis of the judge’s decision, Purohit reveals that the religious practices they describe are not derivations of a Middle Eastern Islam but manifestations of a local vernacular one.
In this biography of the Aga Khan III, author Harry J. Greenwall writes about Aga Khan’s services to the British, the missions he undertook on behalf of his British masters, and how one of his missions led to the ultimate abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate. The foreword for this book was written by Aga Khan III himself.