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Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood

Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood
Sumaiya Hamdani

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This book examines the most important writings of a tenth century Islamic theologian and jurist who was one of the most original thinkers of his period. It argues that Qadi al-Nu'man's works constituted new and vital genres in Ismaili Shi'i literature, an emergence necessitated by the Fatimids' transition from revolutionary movement to statehood, and by their desire to establish their authority as a Shi'i alternative to the Sunni Abbasid caliphate. Al-Nu'man, already famous in the Fatimid era, produced a legacy which consists of a school of law, historical and biographical works, new interpretations of Ismaili doctrine, and the formulation of a ceremonial language achieved through his work on court protocol. Between Revolution and State represents a sophisticated and readable analysis of one of the seminal figures of the Fatimid period.

Author Info

Sumaiya A Hamdani received her PhD in Islamic history from Princeton University, specialising in the medieval Islam and the Fatimid caliphate. She is Associate Professor in the History and Art History Department of George Mason University, Virginia.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Ismaili Heritage Series

ISBN: 9781850438823
Publication Date: 30 Apr 2006
Number of Pages: 230
Height: 216
Width: 138

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