The Ismaili-Sufi Sage of Pamir: Mubarak-i Wakhani and the Esoteric Tradition of the Pamiri Muslims

by Abdulmamad Iloliev

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Note on the Transliteration



Chapter 1. Ismaili Tradition in Pamir: Legends and History

1. 1. The Spread of the Ismaili Mission in Pamir and Badakhshan

1. 2. The Formation of the Indigenous Faith of "the Fivers": Panj-Tani

Chapter 2. Mubarak: Life and Times

2.1. Historical Context: An Overview

2.2. Pirship: An Institution of Social Control and Organisation

2.3. A Biography of Mubarak

2.4. Sufi

2.5. Poet

2.6. Musician

2.7. Astronomer

2.8. Papermaker and Painter

2.9. Mubarak's Perception of Religious Tolerance

Chapter 3. Thought: 'Sufisized Ismailism'

3.1. Spectrum of Thought

3.2. Relations and Influences

3.3. Love

3.4. The Beloved

3.5. The Guide

Chapter 4. Chihil Dunya: The World of Divine Secrets

4.1. The Text, its Genre and Stylistic Structure

4.2. The Thematic Structure and Paraphrasable Content

4.3. The Main Argument and the Major Themes

4.4. The Testimonies of the Six Eminent Prophets

4.5. The Denouement of the Prophet's First Mi'raj

4.6. The Second Mi'raj of the Prophet

4.7. Muhammad in the Divine Wonderland

Chapter 5. Conclusion


Original Sources (Manuscripts)

Secondary Sources: English

Secondary Sources: Russian, Tajik and Persian



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