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Farhad Daftary

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780748609048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.001.0001

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The Fatimid Age: Dawla and Da῾wa

The Fatimid Age: Dawla and Da῾wa

(p.63) 3 The Fatimid Age: Dawla and Da῾wa
A Short History of the Ismailis

Farhad Daftary

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter covers the ‘golden age’ of Ismailism, when the Ismailis had a major state of their own and they made important contributions to Islamic thought and culture. After covering the background to the establishment of the Fatimid state or dawla and showing how the success of the da'wa among the Berbers of North Africa had enabled the Ismaili imam to rule as Fatimid caliph, the chapter proceeds thematically. It covers the Fatimid achievements under al-Mu'izz, who extended Fatimid rule to Egypt where their capital city of Cairo was founded in 358/969. It also covers the efforts of al-Qāḍī al-Nu'mān who codified Ismaili law, and the intellectual contributions of the Iranian 'īs who elaborated a distinct tradition of philosophical theology in Ismailism, as well as the Nizārī-Musta'lī schism of 487/1094.

Keywords:   Da'wa, Cairo, al-Qāḍī al-Nu'mān, Fatimid al-Mustanṣir, Philosophical Ismailism

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