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Esotericism in the Ismaili Tradition Part II: Tawil of Allah and the System of Four Roots

  Continuing our research into the deception of esotericism, let us go back to theological sources and find the definitions for both esotericism (the hidden reality) and exoterism (the external or the apparent). Finding the Definition of Esotericism and Exotericism from Theological Sources The definitions of exotericism (ẓâhir) and esoteric (bāṭen or taʾwīl) vary, the … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismaili Tradition, Part I: Fragile Foundations

After my previous article Takmil-e-Deen, a question was haunting my mind: If there is no place of the doctrine of Imamat in Islam, then what can be the origin of the prevailing doctrine of the Imamat? Here I was caught in the wilderness of a novel doctrine: exoteric and esoteric concept. Here I quote Ivanow to … Continue reading

Hazar Imam’s “Esoteric” Quran or Allah’s “Clear” Quran?

Aga Khan claims to his followers that he brings an esoteric (baatini or hidden) meaning of the Quran which has not been understood by the Muslim ummah. Ismailis are also made to believe that the Qur’an was time-bound and was not meant to be a universal message for all times and that their spiritual leader, … Continue reading

Interview: Ismailism to Islam

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