Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Brief article - Book review

BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND STATE THE PATH TO FATIMID STATEHOOD By Sumaiya Hamdani published by IB TAURIS ISBN 978 185043 882 3 price 25.00 [pounds sterling] hardback

This book examines the Islamic theologian and jurist who was one of the most original thinkers of his period. It argues that Qadi Al Nu'man's works constituted new and vital genres in Ismaili Shi'a literature, an emergence necessitated by the Fatimids' transition from revolutionary movement to statehood, and by their desire to establish their authority as a

Shi'a alternative to the Sunni Abbasid caliphate. Al Nu'man, already famous in the Fatimid era, produced a legacy which consists of the founding of...

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