The Ismaili Constitution gives a unifying structure of governance to all Nizaris and their religiously-based institutions, who are established in more than 25 countries and territories around the globe. Due to the differing social, economic, and political realities faced by the Nizari diaspora, the constitution has built-in flexibility, allowing various communities the ability to propose rules and regulations unique to individual communities, while retaining the overall unity of framework with all other communities, through detailed provisions within the constitution.
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Titled FROM THE QUMRAN MIQDAŠ ‘ADAM TO THE ISMAILI TEMPLE OF LIGHT (HAYKAL NURANI), its author, Laura Navajas Espinal, writes:
The purpose of this paper is to present the Qumran conception of temple (eschatological temple and miqdaš ’adam) as an intermediate stage between the understanding of temple in Jewish eschatology and the Ismaili innerness of the “temple of light.” All of it in the frame of the conception of temple as Garden of Eden based in the “alternative memory” yielded by parabiblical priestly traditions.
Qumran; Ismailism; Judaism; Temple; Mysticism; Gnosi
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Published for The Jewish Virtual Library, a project of American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), the article Modern Jewish History: Great Rabbis of the Muslim Empire by Dr. Ezra Chwat is a proof of the existence of the Ismaili faith
“In 657, when Ali ibn Abu Talib — the fourth Caliph to rule after the death of Mohammed — extended the Muslim conquest into Iraq, he was greeted wholeheartedly by the Jews there, then the most important of the world’s Jewish communities. Ali saw the Jews of Iraq as a natural ally and granted them autonomy. This was the dawn of a new era of Jewish cultural creativity, one that lasted almost 600 years and was central in the development of Judaism.”
“The Lasting Contribution of the Jews of the Muslim Empire
For over 500 years, the Jews of the Muslim Empire enjoyed stability, prosperity and religious autonomy. As opposed to the oppressive atmosphere in Northern Europe, the Jews lived, for the most part, in a tolerant civilization, one that valued excellence in the arts, the sciences and trade. In these fields the Jews were welcome participants. Thus Judaism developed as part of society, not as a secluded ghetto-culture as was the case in Christian Europe. The cultural cross-pollination benefitted both sides. Because of the dialogue with Islam, the Jews became more aware of their philosophic and linguistic heritage. The new methods that developed in the vast Muslim Empire for the communication of knowledge and the codification of law were employed by the Rabbis in order to keep in contact with the ever-expanding Jewish Diaspora. Thus, they could preserve and sustain Talmudic Law, while creating new vistas of Jewish literature and thought which were instrumental in forming the structure of Judaism as it is today.”
“Holy Scripture for Ismailis” are the Farmans, or Decree, made by His Highness the Aga Khan IV, from 1957 – 2009 (the end of his Golden Jubilee). The decrees are the esoteric interpretation of Quran and Islam in general.
1. an official order issued by a legal authority.
According to Aga Khan, the Quran is written in acronym AMPS (Allegory, Metaphor, Parable and Symbol) due to spiritual or esoteric interpretation of Islam and Ismailism.