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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire$
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Jamel A. Velji

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748690886

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.001.0001

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Taʾwīl of an Apocalyptic Transcript II: The Book of Righteousness and True Guidance

Taʾwīl of an Apocalyptic Transcript II: The Book of Righteousness and True Guidance

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(p.61) 4 Taʾwīl of an Apocalyptic Transcript II: The Book of Righteousness and True Guidance
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An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire
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Jamel A. Velji

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.003.0005

Chapter four examines another text of taʾwīl dated to the Fatimid revolution, the Kitāb al-rushd wa-l-hidāya, or Book of righteousness and true guidance. It discusses how numerical correspondences between Quranic chapters and members of the Fatimid hierarchy also became a hermeneutic tool pointing to the imminent advent of the mahdi. The Kitāb al-rushd wa-l-hidāya also reflects the Kitāb al-kashf’s deployment of symbolism that equated elements of the Quran’s eschatological or apocalyptic imagery with the mahdi and his advent. The chapter ends with a very brief examination of numismatic materials, illustrating how some of the earliest Fatimid coins bore Quranic inscriptions that could be read as a reflection of the Fatimids’ emergence as having inaugurating the awaited earthly utopia.

Keywords:   Kitāb al-rushd wa-l-hidāya, Taʾwīl, Mahdi, Ibn Ḥawshab

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