The Rise of the Fatimids: The World of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the Fourth Century of the Hijra, Tenth Century Ce

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BRILL, 2001 - History - 497 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Chapter Two The Problem of Fatimid Origins
29
Chapter Three Revolt in the East
49
Chapter Four Revolution in the West
73
Chapter Five The Appearance of the Mahdi
100
Chapter Six The City of the Mahdi
135
Chapter Seven The Doctrine of the Imam
176
Chapter Eight The Horizons of Empire
219
Chapter Nine The Conquest of Egypt
269
Chapter Ten The Pattern of the State
317
Chapter Eleven The Circles of the World
364
Melchizedek
417
Bibliography
435
Indices
465
Index of Subjects
492
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Michael Brett, Ph.D. (1970) in History, University of London, is Reader in the History of North Africa, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. His most recent publication is "Ibn Khaldun and the Medieval Maghrib" (Ashgate, 1999).

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