Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World

Authority without Territory

The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Authors: Mohammad Poor, Daryoush

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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 Shi?a Imami Ismaili Muslims.

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Daryoush Mohammad Poor is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. He has an MA in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory and a PhD in Political and Social Studies from the University of Westminster.

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"This original study reveals in a scholarly manner, and within an interesting theoretical framework, how the present Nizari Ismaili Imam has succeeded in bestowing aspects of the authority of the Imam to the office of the Imamate, transcending the Weberian boundaries of ideal types of authority. This has resulted in the institutionalisation of what the author calls 'authority without territory.' The author also meticulously examines the network of the institutions created and legitimised by the present Imam, known as the Aga Khan Development Network." - Dr. Farhad Daftary, Co-Director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Poor, Daryoush Mohammad

    Pages 1-25

  • Max Weber, Authority, and Leadership

    Poor, Daryoush Mohammad

    Pages 27-57

  • Imamate and the Question of Authority in the Muslim and Shi‘i Contexts

    Poor, Daryoush Mohammad

    Pages 59-106

  • The Aga Khan: A Visionary Leader

    Poor, Daryoush Mohammad

    Pages 107-167

  • The AKDN: An Overview of the Ismaili Imamate’s Institutional Endeavors

    Poor, Daryoush Mohammad

    Pages 169-203

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Authority without Territory
Book Subtitle
The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate
Authors
Series Title
Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Daryoush Mohammad Poor
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-42880-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137428806
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42879-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49159-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics