Epistles of the Brethren of Purity and its vision of pluralistic world


Ismail Poonawala delivered a lecture in March 2017 at the International Ismaili Studies Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The theme of the conference was "Mapping of a Pluralistic Space in Ismaili Studies." This is the transcript of the lecture.

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