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Ismaʿili ModernGlobalization and Identity in a Muslim Community$
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Jonah Steinberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834077

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899458_steinberg

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Conclusion Decoding Globality: Modern Ismaʿilism and the Institutional Encounter

Conclusion Decoding Globality: Modern Ismaʿilism and the Institutional Encounter

(p.193) Conclusion Decoding Globality: Modern Ismaʿilism and the Institutional Encounter
Ismaʿili Modern

Jonah Steinberg

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes with a discussion of the critical role of empire in the formation of a unitary and, eventually, global Isma'ili community. At the dawn of empire, what has now turned into the integrated Isma'ili ecumene consisted of a set of scattered populations—Himalayan, Hazarajat, Western Indian Khoja, Zanzibar Khoja, and Syrian among them—pelagic in their distribution and isolation, with widely variable, historical relationships to the formation called Isma'ilism, many of them with little or no connection to the imam of the time. The intensive process of consolidation and incorporation of remote communities that has occurred in the intervening generations has fundamentally reconfigured the relationship of those communities to each other and to the imamate.

Keywords:   empire, global Isma'ili community, integrated Isma'ili ecumene, scattered populations, Isma'ilism

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