By Daryoush Mohammad Poor

Studying the relationship among the concept that of authority and the transformation of the Ismaili imamate, Authority with no Territory is the 1st research of the imamate in modern instances with a selected concentrate on Aga Khan, the forty ninth hereditary chief of Shi?a Imami Ismaili Muslims.

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Very real differences in type of education, social position, and ideology exist among them, but none has remained unaffected by the normative and technological changes that have swept the world in this century. (Eickelman and Piscatori, 1996: 68–69) This is quite true about the Ismaili imamate and its institutions today. They are still framed by modernity. However, the encounter of the Ismaili imamate with modernity cannot be easily categorized, as the Ismaili Community today is a widely dispersed one living in pockets all around the globe.

Then, I adopt two ways to show that his model is inapplicable for dealing with issues of authority in the Muslim world. One way is to show that his methodological tool is just not comprehensive enough to be able to deal with the complexities of the Muslim world. The other approach would be simpler and, yet, more critical. I will assume that Weber’s model could, in fact, be applied to our case. Therefore, given the validity of his model, it should be a good “working hypothesis” to explain every phenomenon in the Muslim world.

Also, I have made reference to Muslim civilizations in the plural rather than what is customarily used in singular. This is because the variety of interpretations made by Muslims throughout history of the sacred text or of Islam itself has paved the way for different civilizations in different parts of the Muslim world and as such it would be inaccurate to refer to just one single monumental Muslim civilization or even to a single Islamic civilization. However, in cases where I have directly quoted others or where there has been no other way to highlight this plurality and also the human agency in interpreting faith, I have had to use the more common terms.

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