Publication: Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Authority without Territory: The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili ImamateForthcoming book by Daryoush Mohammad Poor, Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies

Authority without Territory:
The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Publication Date: September 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1137428790 ISBN-10: 1137428791

Examining the connection between the concept of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority without Territory is the first study of the imamate in contemporary times.

With a particular focus on Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary leader of Shiʿa Imami Ismaili Muslims, Daryoush Mohammad Poor shows how the Ismaili imamate surpasses the barriers and restrictions of the Weberian ideal-types and represents a novel image of a Shiʿi Muslim community that has successfully adapted to modernity without losing its essential values or ethical commitments. Including interviews with key figures in the intellectual and administrative arms of the Ismaili imamate, this book sheds light on how these institutions develop and the challenges they face.


About Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor joined the IIS in 2002 and, since then, has contributed as a translator for a number of departments including the Department of Academic Research and Publications, Project Tajikistan, the Department of Curriculum Studies and the IIS website. Currently, he is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications. Prior to this, he served as Editorial Researcher, contributing to the Encyclopaedia Islamica project.

Daryoush completed an associate degree in Mathematics in 1998 from Ferdowsy University in Mashhad. Following completion of a special degree in International Relations at the University of Westminster in 2003, he went on to post-graduate studies in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory, graduating with merit in 2004 from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, The University of Westminster. His dissertation was titled ‘Reforms from within: the crisis of democracy in Iran’; it entailed an academic study of the process of reforms in the political structure of Iran.

He completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Westminster’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages in Political and Social Studies. His thesis is an assessment of emerging models and ideal types for authority and leadership, using the case study of the AKDN.

Via The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) – Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor

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