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Politics and Power in Late Fatimid Egypt

The Reign of Caliph al-Mustansir

Kirsten Thomson

Al-Mustansir bi’llāh (b.420/1029) was the eighth caliph of the Shī’ite Ismā’īlī Fatimid dynasty which ruled Egypt from 359/969, to 567/1171. The 60-year-long reign of al-Mustansir saw civil war and constant religious rivalry of the Sunni Abbasid caliph in Baghdad. In this study Thomson examines life in Cairo, international relations, the experiences of non-Muslim subjects and al-Mustansir himself, showing the caliph to be a pivotal, yet weak figure, unable to suppress trouble.
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  • Publisher: Tauris
  • Year: 2016
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 254pp
  • Illustrated: No
  • Dimensions: 222x142mm
  • ISBN: 9781780761671
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.4kg
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