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    The Children of Time: The Aga Khan and the Ismailis (Hardback) By (author) Malise Ruthven, By (author) Gerald Wilkinson

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    DescriptionFrom highland peasant farmers in Central Asia to Canadian industrialists, South Asian buisinessmen and Europe-based scholars, the Nizari Ismailis are one of the Muslim world's most diverse Shi'a communities. With adherents living in more than twenty-five countries in Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America, they embrace peoples of widely different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The spiritual leadership of this highly dynamic community has in recent generations come to be known as the 'Aga Khan'.This book, which coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the present Aga Khan's succession as Imam, or spiritual leader, of the Ismailis, assesses the achievements of his 'Imamat' in modernising the communities' institutions and creating one of the world's leading development agencies, the Aga Khan Development Network. In the process the book explores how the present Harvard-educated Aga Khan has attempted to preserve and build on a religious tradition rooted in medieval theology while at the same time embracing the modern world without loss of faith or cultural identity.

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    The Children of Time
    The Aga Khan and the Ismailis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Malise Ruthven, By (author) Gerald Wilkinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 408
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781845117221
    ISBN 10: 1845117220

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Abridged Dewey: 297
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    DC22: 297
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    LC classification: BP
    DC22: 297.822
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    Ingram Theme: INDS/ISLSTD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
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    Publication date
    27 August 2014
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    Author Information
    Malise Ruthven is one of the leading writers on Islam in English and is the author of 'Islam in the World', 'A Fury for God: the Islamist Attack on America', 'Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction' and several other highly praised books. Gerard Wilkinson had a distinguished thirty-year career with the Aga Khan in Kenya, Italy and latterly with his secretariat in France, where he was head of public affairs.