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Caliph of Cairo free pdf This is the most authoritative biography to date of the controversial Fatimid ruler. One night in the year 411/1021, the powerful ruler of Fatimid Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, rode out of the southern gates of his city and was never seen again. Was the caliph murdered, or could he have decided to abandon his royal life, wandering off to live alone and anonymous? Whatever the truth, the fact was that al-Hakim had literally vanished into the desert. Yet al-Hakim, though shrouded in mystery, has never been forgotten. To the Druze, he was (and is) God, and his disappearance merely indicated his reversion to non-human form. For Ismailis, al-Hakim was the sixteenth imam, descended from the Prophet, and infallible. Jews and Christians, by contrast, long remembered him as their persecutor, who ordered the destruction of many of their synagogues and churches. Using all the tools of modern scholarship, Paul Walker offers the most balanced and engaging biography yet to be published of this endlessly fascinating individual.

About Paul E. Walker

Paul E. Walker is a visiting scholar with the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and an historian of ideas specializing in medieval Islamic history.

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Author : Paul E. Walker
Publisher : The American University in Cairo Press
Data Published : 01 December 2009
ISBN : 9774163281
EAN : 9789774163289
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 352 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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