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- DescriptionCovering a major work of one of the most important thinkers of early Islam, this is a fresh translation of a text of inestimable importance to our understanding of Fatimid rule that will appeal to all serious students of early Islamic history and culture. This book, the Iftitah al-Da'wa , is the most important primary source for the emergence of the Fatimid state in the early years of the tenth century. Its author, Qadi al-Nu'man, was an official historian of the Fatimids and an eminent exponent of Ismaili jurisprudence - as well as being perhaps the most distinguished and creative of all the Fatimid thinkers. The Iftitah is al-Nu'man's major historical work, and records in detail the background to the establishment of the Fatimid state, first in Yemen and then in rth Africa. It is based on official archival and biographical documents that were accessible to the author at the time, and which have t survived. It is thus a highly significant resource for understanding the social and political conditions which prevailed when the Fatimids began to consolidate their rule.
- Author BiographyHamid Haji is a specialist in Arabic Ismaili literature. He studied at the Sorbonne and is currently Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. His publications include A Distinguished Da'i Under the Shade of the Fatimids: Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani and His Epistles (1998).
- Author(s)Hamid Haji
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication26/05/2006
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitleIsmaili Texts and Translations
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 6
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight535 g
- Width134 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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