Three concepts in particular played a major role in the Ismaili survival of the Mongol depredations: taqiyya (precautionary dissimulation); the Ismaili da'wa, which literally means “summons”; and the soteriological dimension of the imamate. The latter was exceptionally important as it emphasized the role of the Imam of one's time in leading the adept to salvation and a mystical recognition of God.
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