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    DescriptionThis is the most authoritative biography to date of the controversial Fatimid ruler. One night in the year 411/1021, the powerful ruler of Fatimid Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, rode out of the southern gates of his city and was never seen again. Was the caliph murdered, or could he have decided to abandon his royal life, wandering off to live alone and anonymous? Whatever the truth, the fact was that al-Hakim had literally vanished into the desert. Yet al-Hakim, though shrouded in mystery, has never been forgotten. To the Druze, he was (and is) God, and his disappearance merely indicated his reversion to non-human form. For Ismailis, al-Hakim was the sixteenth imam, descended from the Prophet, and infallible. Jews and Christians, by contrast, long remembered him as their persecutor, who ordered the destruction of many of their synagogues and churches. Using all the tools of modern scholarship, Paul Walker offers the most balanced and engaging biography yet to be published of this endlessly fascinating individual.


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    Title
    Caliph of Cairo
    Subtitle
    Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 996-1021
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul E. Walker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9789774163289
    ISBN 10: 9774163281
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3F
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 962
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB, 3F
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DT95.78.H34 W357 2009
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHG
    Publisher
    The American University in Cairo Press
    Imprint name
    The American University in Cairo Press
    Publication date
    31 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Cairo
    Author Information
    Paul E. Walker is a visiting scholar with the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and an historian of ideas specializing in medieval Islamic history.
    Review quote
    Walker's work is a well-researched, unbiased and engaging expose of a melodramatic subject. . . . A fascinating aspect of Walker's study is his attempt to position in proper historical context the precise role women played in the Fatimid period. This particular debate has never been more urgent. . . . The author's sources are multifarious and variegated. Al Ahram Weekly"