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A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

Farhad Daftary

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748609048
eISBN:
9780748671281
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

A major Shī'ī Muslim community, the Ismailis have had a long and eventful history dating back to the middle of the 2nd/8th century. The Ismailis themselves produced a rich literature reflecting their ... More


Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This study of women and the Fatimids investigates an unexplored area in the field of Islamic and medieval studies. The book has unearthed a wealth of references to women, thus re-inscribing their ... More


Inside the Palace Walls: Life at Court

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Having successfully fought against the Aghlabids, in 297/909 the Fatimids established themselves in the Aghlabids' former royal city of Raqqada by taking over their palaces and all the other ... More


Bat Tleaxes and Formidable Aunties

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter focuses on the influential and powerful women at the Fatimid courts and at the courts of the Fatimids' vassal dynasties. While power was exclusively confined to the secular domain, the ... More


An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire

Jamel A. Velji

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748690886
eISBN:
9781474427104
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The Fatimids’ apocalyptic vision of their central place in an imminent utopia played a critical role in transfiguring the intellectual and political terrains of North Africa in the early tenth ... More


Wādī Al-naṭrūn and the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun: Essays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774162602
eISBN:
9781617970474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter deals with the mention of the area in The History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, also recounting interesting historical events that were witnessed there by the authors of this ... More


al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years

Paul E. Walker

in Caliph of Cairo: Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163289
eISBN:
9781617970207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Not all of al-Maqrizi's historical works have intention and, for certain periods of the Fatimids, a detailed chronological scheme proved impossible. The historian offers nothing more about the woman ... More


State, Society, and the Copts Under the Fatimids, Ayyubids, and Bahri Mamluks, 969–1382 Ce

Kurt J. Werthmuller

in Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt: 1218–1250

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163456
eISBN:
9781617970238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The historical narrative of Coptic Egypt under the Fatimids, Ayyubids, and Bahri Mamluks forms the base of this chapter. The chapter discusses the definitive decline in size and fortune of Mamluk ... More


Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East: An Historical Perspective

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474460965
eISBN:
9781474480772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Focusing on the construction of sanctity and its manifestations in individual devotions, formal ceremonies and communal rites, this book offers a fresh perspective on religious culture in the ... More


From Revolutionary Violence to State Violence: the Fāṭimids (297–567/909–1171)

Yaacov Lev

in Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline, and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th Centuries CE

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637317
eISBN:
9780748653164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637317.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter focuses on the Fātimids. It uses the Qādī al-Nu'mān's Iftitā al-da'wa wa-ibtidā' al-dawla which centres on the Fātimid state. The aim of this chapter is to provide perceptions of how the ... More


Emulating Abraham: the Fāṭimid al-Qāɔim and the Umayyad cAbd al-Raḥmān III

Maribel Fierro

in Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline, and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th Centuries CE

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637317
eISBN:
9780748653164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637317.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter focuses on Fātimid al-Qā'im and the Umayyad 'Abd al-Rahmān III with certain focus on the sacrifice as exemplified in the biblical representation of Abraham's sacrifice. The first chapter ... More


Sultans and Slaves: Salih’s Rise to Power

D. Fairchild Ruggles

in Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190873202
eISBN:
9780190873233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873202.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

Like all Ayyubid princes, Sultan Salih rose to power by fighting his family members, aided by his large army of Turkic slaves, called mamluks. After a period of captivity in which his Turkic ... More


Cairo: ‘meeting place of comer and goer’

in How Many Miles to Babylon?: Travels and Adventures to Egypt and Beyond, From 1300 to 1640

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236580
eISBN:
9781846313295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236580.003.0006
Subject:
History, Middle East History

Incursions by the Mongols and the wars of the Crusades combined to ruin Syria, but not Cairo, which remained a peaceful place that made it the fabled cultural city of the Arab world. European ... More


The Commemoration of al-Husayn in Fatimid Ascalon

Daniella Talmon-Heller

in Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East: An Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474460965
eISBN:
9781474480772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter focuses on the alleged unearthing of the head of al-Husayn by the Fatimid vizier Badr al-Din al-Jamali in Ascalon, as recorded in a epigraph of 484/1091, inscribed on a wooden minbar. ... More


Summary

Daniella Talmon-Heller

in Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East: An Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474460965
eISBN:
9781474480772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter re-examines the circumstances of the 'discovery' of the head of al-Husayn in eleventh-century Ascalon, the earlier sanctification of the place, and its lingering reputation as holy after ... More


The Rise of Nur al-Din 1149–74

Nicholas Morton

in The Crusader States and their Neighbours: A Military History, 1099-1187

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198824541
eISBN:
9780191863325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824541.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Military History

Chapter 5 The Rise of Nur al-Din focuses on the tumultuous years following the Second Crusade. This was an era when Nur al-Din was carving out an empire for himself, seizing Damascus, and coming into ... More


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