Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten

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BRILL, 1996 - History - 452 pages
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In the 9th century, a secret sect of the Ism?'?l's -- known in the Middle Ages under the name of Fatimids -- arose to play a prominent role in the history of the Near East. Their supreme head today is the Agha Khan. In this mesmerising book, Heinz Halm describes the early history of the Fatimids, from the founding and spread of the secret society to the rise of the caliphal dynasty to power in North Africa and the founding of Cairo, their capital.
 

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Contents

Introduction Fatimids and Ismailis
1
Chapter Two The Appearance of the Mahdi
58
Chapter Three The Caliph AlMahdi Billah 909934
141
Paradise
250
The Subjugation of the Maghrib
264
Chapter Four The Collapse of the Empire AlQaim biAmr
275
Chapter Five New Beginning AlMansur biNasr Allah
310
Chapter Six The Imam AlMuizz liDin Allah 953975
338
Sources
423
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About the author (1996)

Heinz Halm, Ph.D. (1967) in Islamic Studies, University of Bonn, is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Tubingen. He specialises in Shi ite Iran; his book "Shiism" appeared in an English translation in 1991. Michael Bonner, Ph.D. (1987) in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, is Associate Professor of Medieval Islamic History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His translation of A. Noth, "Quellenkritische Studien zu Themen, Formen und Tendenzen fruhislamischer Geschichtsuberlieferung" was published in 1994 as "The Early Arabic Historical Tradition."