😮Something unusual: our script for a forthcoming show plus an invite for your questions

We’re doing something we haven’t done before. We’re sharing the script for our forthcoming show. We’re doing this because we’re stuck for our fourth question before the final promo question. This month we’re interviewing Dr. Khalil Andani on an introduction to the history of Ismailism.

From Dr. Andani’s homepage khalilandani.com

So here’s our script so far which we will modify with your questions. We want to stay in our golden zone of 30 minutes.

[intro jingle] Hello and welcome to episode 13 of the Abbasid History Podcast: an audio platform to examine premodern Islamic(ate) history and a global medieval past. We are sponsored by IHRC bookshop. Visit IHRC bookshop at shop.ihrc.org. I am your host, Talha Ahsan, a 1st year PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Now onto the show.

Ismailism, a branch of Shia Islam, attribute themselves to Ismail, who died in 762CE, the eldest son of the 6th Shia Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq. Ismailism rose at one point to become the largest branch of Shīʻism, climaxing as a political power with the Fatimid Caliphate in the tenth through twelfth centuries.

To discuss with me today an introduction to the history of Ismailism is Dr. Khalil Andani. Dr. Andani completed his PhD at Harvard before his current role as Assistant Professor of Religion at Augustana College.

Welcome Dr. Andani.

Let’s start at the beginning to distinguish Ismailism from Twelver Shi’ism and Sunnism. Twelver Shias believe the legitimate successor to Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq is his younger son, Mūsā al-Kāẓim. Sketch for us the reason for this split and the subsequent development in their different understandings of revelation and the Prophet’s spiritual and temporal legacy.

In the year 930, a group known as the Qaramatians, or in Arabic Qarāmiṭah, stole the black stone from the Kaʿbah in Mecca. They are often thought of being a manifestation of Ismailism. To what extent is this true.

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The high point for Ismailism comes with the Fatimid empire. Time doesn’t permit the fuller exposition required. Trace for us an outline of the rise and fall of this remarkable dynasty with sources for further reading and research.

[Listeners’ questions]

As we come to an end, tell us about your current and forthcoming work. You are active on social media and you share your lessons on YouTube.

Dr. Andani, thank you for being our guest.

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Send your questions before Wednesday 15th July 1am BST

Forthcoming interview with Dr. Rachel Schine on Race and Blackness in the 11/12th century Popular Epic, Sīrat al-Amīra Dhāt al-Himma

Dr. Rachel Schine

We’re very pleased to announce our forthcoming interview with Dr. Rachel Schine, a long-term favourite for us here at the Abbasid History Podcast. We will be discussing her work on concepts of race and blackness through the 11/12th century popular epic, Sīrat al-Amīra Dhāt al-Himma also known as Delhemma.

You can see her work on the topic at her Academia.edu page here as well as her more irreverent look at the parallels between contemporary rap and classical Arabic poetry on her Tumblr here.

Follow her on Twitter too here🦚

We’re very excited to have this conversation😄!

Dr. Schine is currently Postdoctoral Associate in Arabic Literature and Culture at University of Colorado Boulder.

We will be recording Saturday 16th May 5.15pm (BST). Do send any questions you have for her before then to admin@abbasidhistorypodcast.com or through our social media accounts.