The Rise of the Fatimids: The World of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the Fourth Century of the Hijra, Tenth Century Ce
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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Chapter Two The Problem of Fatimid Origins
Chapter Three Revolt in the East
Chapter Four Revolution in the West
Chapter Five The Appearance of the Mahdi
Chapter Six The City of the Mahdi
Chapter Seven The Doctrine of the Imam
Chapter Eight The Horizons of Empire
Chapter Nine The Conquest of Egypt
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