Book Review

From Patan to Karachi: The Nizarī Isma’ili Mission in the Indian Subcontinent. A Review of “Ismaili Pirs, Vakils and Sayeds of South Asian Regions”

Authors: Ali Jan Damani

Year: 2020, Volume: 11, Page/Article: 1, DOI:

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Who among the orientalists can tell you about the Nizārī Ismā’īlī mission in the Indian Subcontinent with utmost historical conviction? Owing to the paucity of authentic historical documents, scholars have generally kept their face turned towards the Ismā’īlī history outside of the boundaries of South Asian regions. Books on the Nizārī Ismā’īlī mission in the Indian Subcontinent are published rarely. In fact, one would find no more than 5 to 10 scholarly books on the aforementioned subject. Thus, it is worth stressing
on this juncture that books like "Ismaili Pirs, Vakils and Sayeds" are worth reviewing academically. Precisely speaking, in this review I would analyze and evaluate the content, structure, research methodology etc of the book "Ismaili Pirs, Vakils and Sayeds" by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin Sadik Ali (A writer from the Ismā’īlī community).