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    DescriptionFew doctrines in Islam have engendered as much contention and disagreement as those surrounding the imamate, the office of supreme leader of the Muslim community after the death of the Prophet. In the medieval period while the caliphate still existed, rivalry among the claimants to that most lofty position was particularly intense. The early 5th/11th-century Ismaili da'i Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani worked for most of his life in the eastern lands of the Islamic world, principally within the hostile domain of the Abbasid caliphs and the Buyid amirs.At a critical point he was summoned by the da'wa to Egypt where he taught and wrote for several years before returning once again to Iran and Iraq. About 405/1015, just prior to his move from Iraq to Cairo, he composed a treatise he called Lights to Illuminate the Proof of the Imamate (al-Masabih fi ithbat al-imama) in the bold hope of convincing Fakhr al-Mulk, the Shi'i wazir of the Buyids in Baghdad, to abandon the Abbasids and support the Fatimid caliph al-Hakim. For that purpose he produced a long, interconnected series of philosophically sophisticated proofs, all leading logically to the absolute necessity of the imamate. This work is thus unique both in the precision of its doctrine and in the historical circumstance surrounding its composition. The text appears here in a modern critical edition of the Arabic original with a complete translation, introduction and notes.


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    Title
    Master of the Age
    Subtitle
    An Islamic Treatise on the Necessity of the Imamate
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Walker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 572 g
    Language
    English
    Arabic
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845116040
    ISBN 10: 1845116046
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: HRH, HRLC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Abridged Dewey: 297
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 52
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 30
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15550
    DC21: 297.61
    DC22: 297.61
    BISAC V2.8: REL037010
    LC classification: BP166.94 .K56713 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRP, QRVA
    Edition
    Bilingual edition
    Edition statement
    Bilingual
    Illustrations note
    32 pp 4/4 plates
    Publisher
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
    Imprint name
    I.B.Tauris
    Publication date
    22 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul E. Walker is a historian of ideas with special interests in Fatimid history and Ismaili thought. He is currently a research associate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His previous books include: Early Philosophical Shi 1ism (1993), Abu Ya1qub al Sijistani: Intellectual Missionary (1996), Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani: Ismaili Thought in the Age of al-Hakim (1999), Exploring an Islamic Empire: Fatimid History and Its Sources (2002), and with Wilferd Madelung, The Advent of the Fatimids: A Contemporary Shi 1i Witness (2000).