An Editorial Note xi Acknowledgements xiii Introduction 1 Translation of the Thabit al-imama 13 Select Bibliography 121 Engliah Index 125 Arabic Text
Professor Sami Makarem (1931-2012) obtained a BA in Literature and Philosophy in 1954 and an MA in Arabic Literature in 1957, both from the American University of Beirut (AUB), followed by a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1963. Twice Chair of the Department of Arabic Literature and Near Eastern Languages at AUB, he also served as director of its Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (1975-1978). He wrote over 20 books and numerous academic papers, including The Doctrine of the Ismailis (1972) and The Druze Faith (1974). He also edited and translated Abu'l-Fawaris A?mad's al-Risala bi'l-imama under the title of The Political Doctrine of the Ismailis ( The Imamate ), published in 1977.