Reviews

Classically opened with a short bibliography of the main academic works on, respectively, Nasir-i Khusraw and Mawlana Jalal al-Din (as usually in Dushanbe, this bibliography focuses of Tajikistani and Iranian publications, otherwise the recent international bibliography is almost totally ignored), this essay casts light on the multiple relations, exchanges and parallel developments between Sufism and the Isma‘iliyya in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries CE. Interestingly, the contributions by Nasir-i Khusraw and Mawlana are clearly distinguished from those of later theoreticians — for instance Nizari Kuhistani (d. 1320) and his systematic use of Sufi vocabulary in Ismaili theology. The author notably insists on the common developments by Nasir-i Khusraw and Mawlana on the significance of taqiyya (the dissimulation of Ismaili faith, during the repressions of the Saljuq period, under the appearance of belonging to a Sufi path), on the created and non-infinite character of the physical world, on the relations between the apparent (zahir) and hidden (batin) sides of the world, on the inaccessibility of God by way of reason (a restrictive interpretation by the author of the Arabic term ‘aql), on the special role to be played in mankind by the “perfect ones”, from prophets to imams and pirs, and on the perfectibility of ordinary human beings.

The Redaction
CER: II-4.2.A-341