Imamate of Imam Abizzar Aly - 1498-1511AD
During the Imamate of Imam Abizzar Aly, the rise of the Safavid Empire in Iran posed significant risk to the lives of the Ismailis. Announcing Shiism as the state religion, the Safavids sought to set themselves apart from the neighboring Sunni Ottamans. However, this adoption was far from tolerant, and Sufis, Ismailis, and other smaller sects of the Muslim faith found themselves prey to execution by the Safavids. Hence, in these turbulent times too, the Ismailis practiced taqiyah, often assuming the cloak of Twelver Shiism (Sadik Ali, 1997). After sometime, Imam Abizzar Aly married a Safawi princess, thereby strengthening the relations between the Imamate and the ruling Safavids. This particular bondage would inevitably have made the political situation much more tolerable for the Ismailis (Aziz, 1974).