The Fatimids: 1. The Rise Of A Muslim Empire (World Of Islam)

The Fatimids: 1. The Rise Of A Muslim Empire (World Of Islam)

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    Emerging from a period of long seclusion, in the year 909 the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imam-caliph. Abd Allah al-Mahdi founded the only sustained Shi i dynasty (909 1171) to rule over substantial parts of the medieval Muslim world, rivalling both the Umayyads of Spain and the Abbasids. At its peak, the Fatimid Empire extended from the Atlantic shores of rth Africa, across the southern Mediterranean and down both sides of the Red Sea, covering also Mecca and Medina. This accessible history, the first of two volumes, tells the story of the birth and expansion of the Fatimid Empire in the tenth century. Drawing upon recently available eyewitness accounts, Shainool Jiwa introduces the first four generations of Fatimid Imam-caliphs al-Mahdi, al-Qa im, al-Mansur and al-Mu izz as well as the people who served them and those they struggled against. Readers are taken on a journey through the Fatimid capitals of Qayrawan, Mahdiyya and Mansuriyya and on to the founding of Cairo. In this lively and comprehensive introduction, we discover various milestones in Fatimid history and the political and cultural achievements that continue to resonate today.

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    • Print Length160 pages
    • PublisherI.B.Tauris Uk
    • Publication Date2014
    • Sold ByOnline book
    • LanguageEnglish
    • ISBN9781784539351

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