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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire
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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire

Jamel A. Velji

Abstract

The Fatimids’ apocalyptic vision of their central place in an imminent utopia played a critical role in transfiguring the intellectual and political terrains of North Africa in the early tenth century. Yet the realities that they faced on the ground often challenged their status as the custodians of a pristine Islam at the end of time. Through an examination of a variety of sources including works of taʾwīl or symbolic interpretation, this book illustrates some of the specific structures and functions of Fatimid apocalypticism. It then examines how various components of the apocalyptic myth—es ... More

Keywords: Fatimids, Apocalypse, Nizaris, Ismailis, Qiyāma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748690886
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamel A. Velji, author
Claremont McKenna College