State and Society in Fatimid Egypt

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BRILL, 1991 - 217 pagina's
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Fatimid history is a chapter of both Mediterranean and Islamic history. In the period covered by the book (10th-12th centuries) profound changes took place in the Eastern Mediterranean affecting the history of the region. Divided into three parts this study deals with the political history of the Fatimid period, the structure of the Fatimid state and the interplay between state and society. The book is a contribution to the study of Islamic military history addressing such topics as: the formation and upkeep of black slave armies, the role of Christian-Armenian troops in twelfth-century Egypt and military and naval aspects of the Fatimid wars with the Crusaders. Other topics examined are the internal policies of the Fatimid state: notably, among them, the religious policies of the Fatimid regime, the involvement of the state in the urban life of the Fatimid capital city, Fustat-Cairo, and Fatimid attitudes toward non-Muslim communities.
 

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Introduction
1
Fatimid imams in Power
11
Fatimid State under Military Dictatorship
38
The Demise of the Fatimid State
55
The Ruling Circles
65
Chapters The Evolution of the Tribal Army
81
The Fatimid Army and Navy
93
The Militarization of Fatimid Politics
122
ChapterS Ismailism in Fatimid Egypt
133
The Urban Society of FustatCairo
153
The nonMuslim Communities
179
Conclusions
197
Index
211
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Yaacov Lev is Lecturer in Islamic medieval history at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Publications: "Persecutions and Conversion to Islam in Eleventh-Century Egypt" (1988), and "The Suppression of Crime, the Supervision of Markets, and Urban Society in the Egyptian Capital during the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries" (1988).

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