The rise of the Fatimids : the world of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the fourth century of the Hijra, tenth century CE /
by Michael Brett.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2001.
xi, 497 p. : maps (some folded) ; 25 cm.
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [435]-451) and index.
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' ...a major contribution to Fatimid studies...'Farhad Daftary, Royal Asiatic Society, 2002.
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Description for Reader
All those interested in the history of Islam, mediaeval history, the history of Africa and the history of religion.
Main Description
The book traces the rise of the Fatimid dynasty in the 4th century AH/10th century CE, from its origins in Islamic messianism to power in North Africa and Egypt, and a central position of influence throughout the Muslim world.The first part deals with the problem of Fatimid origins, the second with the establishment of the dynasty and its religious and political programme in North Africa, the third with the success of that programme in Egypt.Using the history of the Fatimids and their doctrine to survey the world of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the 4th/10th century, the book offers a new interpretation of the role of the dynasty in the history of Islam down to the period of the Crusades.
Main Description
The book uses the rise of the Fatimids to survey the Islamic world in the 4th century AH/10th century CE, and reinterpret the role of the dynasty in the history of Islam down to the period of the Crusades.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Fatimids in Historyp. 1
The Problem of Fatimid Originsp. 29
Revolt in the Eastp. 49
Revolution in the Westp. 73
The Appearance of the Mahdip. 100
The City of the Mahdip. 135
The Doctrine of the Imamp. 176
The Horizons of Empirep. 219
The Conquest of Egyptp. 269
The Pattern of the Statep. 317
The Circles of the Worldp. 364
Conclusion: Melchizedekp. 416
Bibliographyp. 435
Mapsp. 453
Index of Persons, Personagesp. 465
Index of Dynasties, Peoples, Sectsp. 481
Index of Placesp. 485
Index of Subjectsp. 492
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