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Title: Studies in the history and thought of the ismāʻīlī states in mediaeval Yemen
Author: Al-Abdul Jader, Adel Salem
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis is a study of the history of the establishment of the independent Isma'ili states in Yemen, which arose out of the Fatimid empire. It also analyses Isma'ili doctrines and some of their literature and focuses in particular on two little-known manuscripts which are anti-Isma'ili refutations. The Introduction presents a critical survey of the primary and secondary sources used in this study. The first chapter is an attempt to summarise the origins of Shiism and to present the development of Isma'ilism as a result of the fragmentation of the Shiite entity into three groups: the Zayds, the Twelvers and the Isma'ilis. The second is an historical analysis of the consequences in Yemen of the decline of Abbasid authority, and of its impact on the tribal powers, the Zaydids, the Mankhids and the Yu'firids. It also mentions the arrival of the two Isma'ilis in Yemen, their success in establishing the first Isma'ili state there, and the end of that state as a result of conflict between these two. The third chapter gives an edition of an early Zayd manuscript with an introductory section concerning the manuscript and its author. This work is an example of the way in which after the downfall of the Isma'ili state in Yemen and the speed of the Isma'ili in the Islamic regions, the enemies of the Isma'ilis began by the fourth/tenth century to attach the Isma'ilis in their books. The Zayds were one such Muslim group. The fourth chapter shows how during the fifth/eleventh century, the Isma'ili organized themselves and united their forces under the command of 'Al ibn Muhammad al-ulay, who together with his successors ruled Yemen for almost a century. The fifth chapter presents an edition with selected translations of some unknown Sunni texts of the sixth/twelfth century which attack Isma'ili doctrines. Particular attention is given to the work entitled Mukhtasara fi 'Aqa'id al-Thalath wa Sab 'in Firqa by Ab Muhammad.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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