The leading international authority on medieval Ismaili castles and fortresses, Peter Willey, died peacefully at his home near Pewsey in Wiltshire on 23 April 2009 at the age of 86 years. He is best known for his knowledge of the remote and virtually impregnable Ismaili castles in Iran and Syria, which he recorded in a series of articles and publications.
His final work, Eagle’s Nest: Ismaili Castles in Iran and Syria, published in 2005 by The Institute of Ismaili Studies in association with I.B. Tauris, is recognised as the standard work on the subject. A Persian translation of the same was published in Tehran in 2007.
The IIS pays tribute to this outstanding scholar and explorer who dedicated much of his adult life to the study of medieval Ismaili castles, and by so doing made an original contribution to the field of Ismaili studies. He will be much missed by his many friends at the IIS.
There will be a memorial service for Major Peter Willey in the autumn at Wellington College.