“Ismaili history is heroic, poetic, cinematic, and musical. Let my imagination be your guide through 1400 years with the 49 Imams. Welcome to 49: Pivotal moments in Ismaili history – the podcast.” Sophia Allibhai
Sophia is a physician by day and a curator of stories by passion. She also has a diploma in documentary filmmaking. While she is not a historian she knows a good story when she encounters one.
Sophia strongly believes that “our stories are priceless and lost in pages of academic tomes. There is no reason why our history cannot be represented as fascinating and exciting. I have the documenting skills plus the love of audio – so thought I would try!”
The podcasts are a dramatization of actual historical events, and embellished with music and language. The facts are from the following sources:
Farhad Daftary, The Ismailis Their History and doctrines, Cambridge University Press, 1990
Farhad Daftary, Zulfikar Hirji, The Ismailis an Illustrated History Azimuth Editions, 2008
Shainool Jiwa, The Fatimids, The Rise of A Muslim Empire, I.B. Tauris, London, 2018
Shainool Jiwa, Towards a Shi’i Mediterranean Empire, I.B. Tauris, London, 2009
Sophia says, “Ismaili history is heroic, poetic, cinematic, and musical. Let my imagination be your guide through 1400 years with the 49 Imams. Welcome to 49: Pivotal moments in Ismaili history – the podcast.”
Episode 1 – The Mahdi
The year 899 was a pivotal moment in Ismaili history. It marked the beginning of the end of the dawr al-satr (time of concealment). It was a difficult time for the Ismailis but the faithful remained resilient and patiently awaited the physical return of their Imam
Episode 2 – Live And Let Da’i
The dawr al satr ended abruptly. The exploits of the renegade da’is alerted the Abbasid authorities to Imam’s identity and whereabouts, putting Imam’s life in danger.
Episode 3 – Catch Me If You Can
A harrowing escape from Salamiyya. This was only the beginning of an arduous ordeal that lasted for 7 years.
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