Founding the Fatimid State: The Rise of an Early Islamic Empire

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September 2006



This is an annotated English translation of Qadi al-Nu'man's "Iftitah" "al-de' wa." This book is the most important primary source for the emergence of the Fatimid state in the early years of the tenth century. Its author, Qadi al-Nu'man, was an official historian of the Fatimids and an eminent exponent of Ismaili jurisprudence--as well being perhaps the most distinguished and creative of all the Fatimid thinkers. The "Iftitah" is al-Nu'man's major historical work, and records in detail the background to the establishment of the Fatimid state, first in Yemen and then in north Africa. It is based on official archival and biographical documents that were accessible to the author at the time, and which have not survived.


Hamid Haji is a specialist in Arabic Ismaili literature. He studied at the Sorbonne and is currently Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His publications include A Distinguished Da'i Under the Shade of the Fatimids: Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani and His Epistles (1998).


"A very useful addition to the translated historiographic corpus."" -Muslim World Book Review"
EAN: 9781850438854
ISBN: 1850438854
Untertitel: 'Ismaili Texts and Translations'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: I B TAURIS
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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