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Khalil Andani is a Ph.D candidate (ABD) and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2014-2019) at Harvard University studying Muslim intellectual history with a focus on Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism. Khalil Andani previously completed a Master of Theological Studies degree at Harvard Divinity School His publications include articles in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Religion Compass, The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy forthcoming chapters in A Guide to Sufi Literature and Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion, and two articles in Sacred Web. His dissertation in progress focuses on Muslim theological and philosophical understandings of the revelation of the Qur'an from the 7th century to the 12th century.
This paper discusses the question of an Isma'ili influence within the cosmology of al-Ghazālī and argues that al-Ghazālī appropriated certain features of the Isma'ili cosmology from the Persian Isma' ili thought of Nāşir-i Khusraw (d. ca. 481/1088). After introducing Nāşir-i Khusraw and his Isma' ili Neoplatonic cosmology, the paper first examines...
This article continues to discuss the major scholarly issues and developments in the study of Ismaili Muslim history and thought in the post-Fatimid and modern periods. In general, scholarly coverage of the Nizari Ismailis greatly outweighs that of the Tayyibis. Following the concealment of the Tayyibi Imams in the 12th century, the Tayyibi da‘wah...
Nāṣir-i Khusraw (d. 481/1088), the renowned Ismāʿīlī philosopher, poet, travel writer, and missionary (dāʿī), took on the formidable challenge of showing the essential harmony between philosophy and Ismāʿīlī doctrine in his Jāmiʿ al-ḥikmatayn (The Reconciliation of Philosophy and Religion). After introducing his life and works, this chapter explore...
This article discusses the major scholarly developments in the study of Ismaili Muslim history and thought. Scholarship on the Ismailis, the second largest branch of Shi‘i Islam, once relied on hostile depictions produced by their adversaries. With the recovery of more primary sources over the last several decades, Ismaili studies is now progressin...