In a constellation of brilliant philosophers like Hasan bin Sabbah, political geniuses like Rashid al-Din Sinan, and talented philosopher-poets like Nasir Khushraw, al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi is a glittering star. Called a “towering mountain of knowledge” by the Imam of his Time, the incomparable Shirazi was one of the most important figures of the Fatimid period. Considering his reputation for spiritual elevation, intellectual prowess, and unparalleled devotion to the Imam, you could be forgiven for thinking that Shirazi was universally celebrated and invited happily into the highest echelons of religious authority.
Unfortunately you would think wrong.
Shirazi struggled his entire life to bring his unique talents to the service of the Jamat and his adversaries were Sunni, Buyid, and Ismaili alike.