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La transmigration des âmes. Une notion problématique dans l’ismaélisme d’époque fatimide

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It is well known that the testimonies of the Ismaili polemicists such as Ibn Ḥazm and al-Ghazālī, which are firing on all cylinders to blacken the reputation as much as possible the Ismailis, should be taken with great care. Therefore, the question arises: is Carmathian and the Fatimid Ismaili tradition actually adhered to a belief in the transmigration of souls, and transgresses one of the most fundamental norms that separates Islamic orthodoxy (y- including the Twelver Shia orthodoxy) of "heresy". This question leads us to consider, in the last part of the article on eschatology and, in particular, the distinction between the two authors establish Quranic concepts and Ba'th Qiyama. This is a particularly difficult matter, because for everything related to eschatology, al-Sijistānī and al-Kirmānī adopt an "esoteric writing" in the sense described by Leo Strauss.

Keywords: transmigration of souls; Ismailis polemicists; Carmathian; Fatimid; eschatology



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