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Towards a Shi'i Mediterranean Empire

Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo

Shainool Jiwa (Oversetter)

Serie: Ismaili Texts and Translations v. 11

The Imam-caliph al-Mu1izz li-Din Allah (r. 953-975), founder of the city of Cairo, transformed the emergent Fatimid state from a regional power of limited influence to an impressive Mediterranean empire whose authority extended from the shores of the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Les mer
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The Imam-caliph al-Mu1izz li-Din Allah (r. 953-975), founder of the city of Cairo, transformed the emergent Fatimid state from a regional power of limited influence to an impressive Mediterranean empire whose authority extended from the shores of the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. His vision and dynamism contributed to the high watermark of Fatimid success in establishing a Shi'i empire, which contributed to the cultural and intellectual efflorescence of the Muslim world. Amongst al-Mu1izz's crowning achievements was the conquest of Egypt, a cherished goal of the Fatimids, which they subsequently governed for over two centuries. The writings of the erudite 15th-century Mamluk scholar Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi, document this Fatimid triumph and provide one of the most comprehensive accounts of al-Mu1izz's reign. Al-Maqrizi's "Itti1az al-hunafa bi-akhbar al-a imma al-Fatimiyyin al-khulafa" is an invaluable text on the Fatimid era, compiled from a range of sources, many of which are no longer extant.
In this text, the only complete history of the Fatimids written by a medieval Sunni historian, al-Maqrizi demonstrates a critical discernment regarding the value and limitations of his sources that is unusual amongst Muslim historians of the time. Moreover, he records a number of official documents, letters and sermons in their entirety, often making his writings the only surviving source for this material. The English translation of a section of this rare work, presented here for the first time, together with a comprehensive introduction and annotations, makes a notable contribution to one of the most fascinating periods in Islamic history.
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Sider: 256
ISBN: 9781845119607
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Acknowledgementsxiii
Chronologyxv




Map

xvii
Introduction1(1)




The Fatimids





Origins of the Fatimids





The Fatimids in North Africa

2(9)




Al-Mu`izz li-Din Allah





The accession of al-Mu`izz





Egypt and the founding of Cairo





Al-Mu'izz and the Qaramita





Accomplishments of al-Mu`izz





Al-Maqrizi's portrayal of al-Mu`izz

11(21)




Al-Maqrizi and the Fatimids





Al-Maqrizi and the Ahl al-Bayt





Al-Maqrizi's scholarship on the Fatimids





A paradoxical Fatimid scion? The Khaldunian protege

32(19)




Note on the Translation

49(2)




TRANSLATION OF THE TEXT FROM THE ITTI`AZ AL-HUNAFA'

51(166)




Establishing the Imamate of Al-Mu`izz





Jawhar's campaign in the Maghrib





Circumcision of the Princes





Al-Mu`izz's counsel to the Kutama

53(5)




Preparations for the Transfer to Egypt





Jawhar's march to Egypt





A test of Kutama loyalty





Al-Mu`izz's advice to Jawhar





Appointment of a viceroy in the Maghrib





Al-Mu`izz exhorts the Kutama





Al-Mu`izz's departure for Egypt





Episode of the two Slavs





Resolution of a Hasani-Ja`fari feud in the Hijaz

58(8)




Fatimid Administration and the Building of Cairo





Proclamation of the aman





Revolt of the Ikshidiyya and Kafuriyya





Jawhar's arrival in Fustat





The foundation of Cairo





Jawhar's first year in Egypt

66(20)




Then Began the Year 359 [969-970]





Jawhar's administration of Egypt





The Fatimid invasion of Syria

86(10)




Then Began the Year 360 [970-971]





More on Jawhar's administration





Qaramita incursion into Egypt

96(2)




Then Began the Year 361 [971-972]





The Qaramita besiege Cairo

98(3)




Then Began the Year 362 [972-973]





More on Jawhar's administration





Al-Mu`izz's departure for Egypt

101(3)




The Arrival of Al-Mu`izz in Egypt





Al-Mu`izz leads `id prayer in Cairo





Inauguration of the Nile Canal





Display of the Fatimid shamsa





Celebration of Id al-Ghadir

104(9)




Then Began the Year 363 [973-974]





The collection of land-tax





Audiences with al-Mu`izz

113(9)




An Account of Some News on the Qaramita





The Conversion of Hamdan Qarmat





The Qarmati leader `Abdan





The Qarmati leader Abu Sa`id al-Jannabi





Abbasid attempts to curb the Qarmaita

122(17)




Al-Sanadiqi [Ibn Hawshab]





The Ismaili-Qaramita split





The Qarmati leaders Zikrawayh and al-Hasan b





Zikrawayh





The Qarmati leader Abu Tahir al-Jannabi





The Qaramita in Iran





Fatimid forces battle the Qaramita in Syria





Al-Mu'izz's letter to the Qaramita





Defeat of the Qaramita in Egypt





The Qaramita defeat in Syria





The Qaramita defeat in Iraq

139(48)




The Final Phase of Al-Mu`izz's Reign





Turmoil in Damascus

187(8)




Then Began the Years 364 [974-975]





Demise of Prince `Abd Allah b





al-Mu`izz





The rise of Aftakin in Syria





The year of the comet





The final year of al-Mu`izz's reign





The demise of al-Mu`izz

195(22)
Bibliography217(10)
Index227
Shainool Jiwa is a specialist in the Fatimid era and Head of the Department of Community Relations at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Edinburgh, and is the author of several papers and articles in the field of medieval Islamic history.