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The Empire of the Mahdi: The Rise of the Fatimids

The Empire of the Mahdi: The Rise of the Fatimids

by Heinz Halm, H. Halm
     
 

This book provides a detailed description of the history of the Ismā‘īlī sect and caliphal dynasty, the Fatimids, in North Africa (875-973).

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This book provides a detailed description of the history of the Ismā‘īlī sect and caliphal dynasty, the Fatimids, in North Africa (875-973).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Grammarians, linguists, Semiticists, Ethiopianists, students, and curious speakers of Amharic will be well and long served by this exemplary work. For advanced students of the language, it will become an indispensable tool.'
Grover Hudson, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1998.
Good news: Heinz Halm's excellent outline of the early history of the Fāṭimids is now available in English...The impression that this volume, despite its high scholarly claim, almost appears like a 'best-seller', may be acknowledged with pleasure by everybody expecting from a book in the non-fictional area, in addition to new insights and an increase of knowledge, also a fair deal of literary entertainment.
Sebastian Günther, Bibliotheca Orientalis, 1998.
Booknews
Michael Bonner (Medieval Islamic History, U. of Michigan) has produced a fine translation of this historical<-->and anthropological<-- >account of the Fatamids. In the ninth century, this secret sect of the Isma'ilis arose to play a prominent role in the history of the Near East. Their supreme head today is the Agha Khan. Halm (U. of Bonn) describes the early history of the Fatamids, from the founding and spread of the secret society to the rise of the caliphal dynasty to power in North Africa and the founding of Cairo, their capitol. Some illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004100565
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Series:
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East Series, #26
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.33(d)

Meet the Author

Heinz Halm, Ph.D. (1967) in Islamic Studies, University of Bonn, is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Tübingen. He specialises in Shi‘ite Iran; his book Shiism appeared in an English translation in 1991.
Michael Bonner, Ph.D. (1987) in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, is Associate Professor of Medieval Islamic History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His translation of A. Noth, Quellenkritische Studien zu Themen, Formen und Tendenzen frühislamischer Geschichtsüberlieferung was published in 1994 as The Early Arabic Historical Tradition.

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