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  • The Fatimids: The Rise of a Muslim Empire
    The Fatimids: The Rise of a Muslim Empire
    by:
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2018.

    In this lively and comprehensive introduction, readers will discover various milestones in Fatimid history and the political and cultural achievements that continue to resonate today.

    ISBN Paperback:
    9781784539351
  • Emerging from a period of long seclusion, the leader of the burgeoning community of Ismaili Shi'i Muslims was declared the first Fatimid Imaminfo-icon-caliphinfo-icon in the year 909. Abd Allah al-Mahdiinfo-icon founded the only sustained Shi'i dynasty (909-1171) to rule over substantial parts of the medieval Muslim world, rivalling both the Umayyadsinfo-icon of Spain and the Abbasidsinfo-icon. At its peak, the Fatimid Empire extended from the Atlantic shores of North Africa, across the southern Mediterranean and down both sides of the Red Sea, covering also Mecca and Medina.

    This accessible history, the first of two volumes, tells the story of the birth and expansion of the Fatimid Empire in the 10th century. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts, Shainool Jiwa introduces the first four generations of Fatimid Imam-caliphs -- al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, al-Mansur, and al-Mu'izz -- as well as the people who served them and those they struggled against. Readers are taken on a journey through the Fatimid capitals of Qayrawaninfo-icon, Mahdiyya, and Mansuriyya and on to the founding of Cairo.

    In this lively and comprehensive introduction, readers will discover various milestones in Fatimid history and the political and cultural achievements that continue to resonate today.

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    Number of Pages: 160
    Height: 178
    Width: 111
    Illustrations: 24 black and white and colour illustrations

     

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    ISBN Paperback: 9781784539351

    eISBN: 978 1 786721747

    ePDF: 978 1 786731746

    ASIN audiobook: B0797YP7PH

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  • Dr. Shainool Jiwa

    English
    Dr Shainool Jiwa is the Head of Constituency Studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Department of Community Relations from 2005 to 2012. She was also the founding coordinator of the Qur’anic Studies Project at the IIS (2002-2005). Dr Jiwa is a specialist in Fatimid history, having completed her Master’s degree from McGill University and her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. As a senior faculty member, Dr Jiwa teaches on the IIS graduate programmes (GPISH & STEP) and contributes to the development of the IIS Secondary Curriculum.Read more