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The Founder of Cairo

The Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-Mu'izz and his Era

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The reign of the founder of Cairo, the fourth Fatimid Imam-caliph al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah (341-365/953-975), marks a watershed in the transformation of the Fatimid state from a regional North African dynasty to an expansive Mediterranean empire. Les mer
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The reign of the founder of Cairo, the fourth Fatimid Imam-caliph al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah (341-365/953-975), marks a watershed in the transformation of the Fatimid state from a regional North African dynasty to an expansive Mediterranean empire. It was also under al- Mu'izz that articulations of the supreme authority of the Fatimid Ismaili imamate were written and disseminated across various regions of Fatimid influence. The writings of Idris 'Imad al-Din (d. 872/1468) provide a distinctive presentation of the Fatimid imamate from the perspective of the Ismaili da'wa itself. as the chief d'ai of the Yemeni Tayyib Ismailis, Idris composed his monumental "Uyun al-akhbar wa funun al-athar' as a record of the Ismaili imamate from its inception to his own time. in doing so, Idris drew upon the rich repertoire of Ismaili and non-Ismaili sources that had been part of the corpus of the Fatimid literary tradition, many of which have subsequently been lost due to the vagaries of time and circumstance. As the only surviving medieval Ismaili work documenting the history of the Fatimid dynasty, the "Uy-un al-akhbar' is among its principal primary sources.
This book provides the first annotated English translation of the extensive chapter on al-Mu'izz in the "Uy-un', which remains a vital yet relatively unknown Ismaili source. The introduction to this work not only outlines the salient features of al-Mu'izz's reign but also examines Idris' purpose and approach to historical writing. In providing an insider's account of the reign of one of the most influential rulers of the medieval Muslim world, this work will be of particular interest to students of Ismaili history and thought, medieval Mediterranean history and Muslim historiography.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 304
ISBN: 9781780765280
Format: 22 x 13 cm
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Introduction
The Fatimid framework
The reign of al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah
Representations of al-Mu'izz: al-Maqrizi and Idris
Al-Mu'izz through the lens of the 'Uyun
Comparative approaches to Fatimid historiography
Note on the translation

Translation from Idris 'Imad al-Din's 'Uyun al-akhbar
1. Preamble
2. Al-Mu'izz and the cycles of the imamate
3. The virtues of Al-Mu'izz according to his predecessors
4. The merits of Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah for the imamate
5. Reports concerning Al-Mu'izz's inherited knowledge
6. The inherited knowledge of the Ahl al-Bayt
7. Additonal reports on al-Mu'izz's inherited knowledge
8. The transmission of the imamate
9. Al-Mu'izz's sermon announcing al-Masur's demise
10. Al-Mu'izz campaign in the Awras mountains
11. Al-Qadi al-Nu'man's bond with the imams
12. Sessions of wisdom at the caliphal palace
13. The virtues of al-Qadi al-Nu'man
14. Al-Nu'man's works on jurisprudence
15. The composistion of the Da'a'im al-Islam
16. Motivation for al -Nu'man's other compositions
17. Additional works on jurisprudence
18. Historical works of al-Nu'man and their purpose
19. Other works of al-Nu'man
20. The virtues of Ja'far b. Masur al-Yaman
21. Reports on the clemency and patience of al-Mu'izz
22. Reports on al-Mu'izz quest for knowledge
23. Reasons for enmity towards the imams
24. Naval encounters with the Umayyads
25. Naval encounters with the Byzantines
26. Umayyad attempts to seek truce with al-Mu'izz
27. al-Mu'izz dispatches Jawhar westwards
28. The revolts of Ibn Wasul and Ahmad b. Bakr
29. The enlisting of the Kutama
30. Victory over the Maghribi contenders Ibn Wasul and Ibn Bakr
31. Al-Mu'izz's favourable treatment of the Hasanids and praise for the Kutama
32. Ibn Hani''s praise of Jawhar's capture of Ibn Wasul and Ibn Bakr
33. Circumcision of the Fatimid princes
34. Account of the da'wa in Sind
35. The Abbasid malaise
36. Byzantine incursions into Crete
37. Al-Mu'izz's invitation to the ruler of Egypt for the defence of Crete
38. Byzantine subjugation of Sayf al-Dawla
39. Al-Mu'izz's letter to the da'i of Sind
40. The death of Kafu