Islamic History and Thought Lecture Series, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

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October 28, 2021
United Kingdom
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Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

Hosted by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London, UK), the Islamic History and Thought Lecture Series is designed to invite scholars of various international academic institutions, specialising in intellectual, social and political aspects of medieval and early modern Islamic societies, to present and discuss their research.

Please find below the information on the sixth lecture of the series, which will be delivered online by Dr Christian Sahner, and will be followed by a discussion with Dr Fârès Gillon (IIS, London) and  Dr Shainool Jiwa (IIS, London). 

Ismāʿīlī revolts in their wider historical context (9th-10th c. CE)

The ninth and tenth centuries CE are famous for the series of Ismāʿīlī revolts that broke out across rural areas in Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and elsewhere. Seldom acknowledged is that these revolts occurred around the same time as a host of other rural insurgencies in different regions led by different groups, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. The purpose of this lecture is to examine the Ismāʿīlī revolts against this wider backdrop and to assess what these movements reveal about the spread of Islam in remote, rural environments and the capacity of these environments to produce new political and religious powers. 

Thursday 28th October 2021

2 pm - 4 pm (London time)

To attend the online lecture, please register here

Please note that the preceding sessions of the lecture series have been recorded and are now available on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Ismaili Studies:


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