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Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs - 
      Paul Walker

Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs

Festival Sermons of the Ismaili Imams

Serie: Ismaili Texts and Translations v. 10

The Fatimid empire was a highly sophisticated and cosmopolitan regime that flourished from the beginning of the 10th to the end of the 12th century. Under the enlightened rule of the Fatimid Caliphs, Cairo was founded as the nucleus of an imperium that extended from Arabia in the east to present-day Morocco in the west. Les mer
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The Fatimid empire was a highly sophisticated and cosmopolitan regime that flourished from the beginning of the 10th to the end of the 12th century. Under the enlightened rule of the Fatimid Caliphs, Cairo was founded as the nucleus of an imperium that extended from Arabia in the east to present-day Morocco in the west. Dynamic rulers like the the fourth caliph al-Mu'izz (who conquered Egypt and founded his new capital there) were remarkable not only for their extensive conquests but also for combining secular with religious legitimacy. As living imams of the Ismaili branch of Shi'ism, they exercised authority over both spiritual and secular domains. The sacred dimension of their mandate was manifested most powerfully twice a year, when the imam-Caliphs personally delivered sermons, or khutbas, to their subjects, to co-incide with the great feasts and festivals of fast-breaking and sacrifice.While few of these sermons have survived, those that have endured vividly evoke both of the atmosphere of the occasion and the words uttered on it.
Paul E Walker here provides unique access to these orations by presenting the Arabic original and a complete English translation of all the khutbas now extant. He also offers a history of the festival sermons and explores their key themes and rhetorical strategies.
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Preface and Acknowledgementsxi




List of Abbreviations

xvii




PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONS





A History of the Fatimid Khutba

3(52)




A Fatimid khutba in Abbasid Iraq





Khutbas and khatibs





Festival khutbas by the Fatimid caliphs





Fatimid khutbas in North Africa





Khutbas by al-Mansur and al-Mu`izz





The first Fatimid khutbas in Egypt





Khutbas by al-`Aziz, al-Hakim, and al-Zahir





The testimony of al-Musabbihi





The khutba from al-Mustansir to al-Amir





Khutbas from the reign of al-Hafiz onward





The eyewitness testimony of Ibn al-Tuwayr





The last khutba





Rhetoric and Themes in the Surviving Khutbas

55(32)




The audience





Double meanings for different audiences





The address to God: the khutba as a prayer





Qur'anic imagery and language





Praising God





Muhammad as grandfather





`Ali as father





The Companions of the Cloak (ashab al-kisa')





Fatima as mother





Al-Hasan and al-Husayn





The imams from al-Husayn to al-Mahdi





The imams from al-Mahdi onward





The name of the dynasty





Enemies





Death and loss: fathers and imams





Pilgrimage





Miscellaneous themes





PART TWO: THE KHUTBAS





Khutba of al-Qa'im: On the `Id al-fitr, 302 (19 April 915) at Alexandria

87(6)




Khutba of al-Qa'im: Rajab 333 (March 945). During the siege of al-Mahdiyya. Read by al-Marwadhi

93(2)




Khutaba of al-Mansur: As wali li'l-`ahd (Heir-apparent) on the `Id al-fitr, 334 (6 May 946) at al-Mahdiyya

95(4)




Khutba of al-Mansur: On Friday 14 Muharram 335 (16 August 946). Read by Ja`far b. `Ali, the Chamberlain, in the Mosque of Qayrawan

99(2)




Khutba of al-Mansur: On the `Id al-fitr, 335 (25 April 947). During the siege of Abu Yazid at Kiyana

101(6)




Khutba of al-Mansur: On the `Id al-adha, 335 (2 July 947). During the siege of Abu Yazid at Kiyana

107(5)




Khutba of al-Mansur: On the `Id al-fitr, 336 (14 April 948) at al-Mahdiyya

112(8)




Khutba of al-Mansur: On the `Id al-nahr, 336 (21 June 948) at al-Mahdiyya

120(6)




Khutba of al-Mu`izz: On the `Id al-nahr, 341 (28 April 953) at al-Mansuriyya

126(9)




Khutba of al-Mu`izz

135(3)




Khutba of Qirwash: On 4 Muharram 401 (18 August 1010) at Mawsil

138(4)




Khutba of al-Amir: On a Friday, during Ramadan

142(4)




Khutba of al-Amir: On the `Id al-fitr

146(5)
Glossary151(3)
Bibliography154(4)
English Index158
Arabic Index
Arabic Texts
Paul E Walker is a Research Associate in Near Eastern Languages at the University of Chicago and an historian of ideas specialising in medieval Islamic history. He has written and edited many books on Fatimid history and the formative period of Ismaili thought including Early Philosophical Shi'ism (1993), Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani: Ismaili Thought in the Age of al-Hakim (I.B.Tauris, 1999) and The Advent of the Fatimids: A Contemporary Shi'i Witness (I.B.Tauris, 2000). In 2001 he was the recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.