The Sound Traditions: Studies in Ismaili Texts and Thought

The Sound Traditions: Studies in Ismaili Texts and Thought is a collection of Ismail K. Poonawala’s articles on Ismaili studies. Divided into three sections, the volume consists of nineteen articles that have been published over a long period of more than forty years. Part One focuses on Ismaili sources and the question of their authorship. The aspects of Ismaili rational discourses are examined in Part Two. Focusing on the scriptural knowledge of Ismaili tradition, Part Three then delves into investigating al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s life and contribution. This volume is an excellent gateway to the study of origins and development of Ismaili thought.

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Ismail K. Poonawala is Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research mainly focuses on Ismaili manuscript tradition, history and doctrine.
Kumail Rajani is a postdoctoral research fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. His research focuses mainly on Shiʿi history, law and literature.

part 1: Ismaʿili Sources and Authorship

1 Ismaʿili Sources for the History of South-West Arabia
2 Ismaʿili Manuscripts from Yemen
3 Anonymous Works and Their Ascription to Famous Authors: Are They Cases of Mistaken Identity or an Outright Forgery?
4 The Contribution of Ismaʿili Colophons to the Discussion on the Birth and Construction of the Arabic Manuscript Tradition
5 Discovery of the Kitāb al-asrār Ascribed to the First Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mahdī: Its Ramifications

part 2: Ismaʿili Rational Discourses (al-maʿqūlāt)

6 Why We Need an Arabic Critical Edition with an Annotated English Translation of the Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ
7 Wealth and Poverty in the Qur’an and Traditions of the Prophet, and How Those Concepts are Reflected in the Rasāʾil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ
8 Humanism in Ismaʿili Thought: The Case of the Rasāʾil ikhwān al-ṣafāʾ (The Epistles of the Sincere Brethren and Faithful Friends)
9 An Early Doctrinal Controversy in the Iranian School of Ismaʿili Thought and Its Implications
10 An Ismaʿili Treatise on the Iʿjāz al-Qurʾān
11 Al-Sijistānī and His Kitāb al-Maqālīd al-Malakūtiyya

part 3: Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān and Ismaʿili Transmitted Knowledge (al-manqūlāt)

12 Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s Works and the Sources
13 A Reconsideration of al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s Madhhab
14 The Chronology of al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s Works
15 Sources for al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s Works and Their Authenticity
16 The Beginning of the Ismaʿili Daʿwa and the Establishment of the Fatimid Dynasty as Commemorated by al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān
17 Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān and Ismaʿili Jurisprudence
18 The Evolution of al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān’s Theory of Ismaʿili Jurisprudence as Reflected in the Chronology of His Works on Jurisprudence
19 Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān and His Refutation of Ibn Qutayba
Copyright Acknowledgments
Index of Qurʾanic References
General Index
Those interested in the origins and development of Ismaili thought, and anyone concerned with Shiʿi studies more broadly. It will also appeal to researchers of the Islamic intellectual tradition of the ninth and tenth centuries.