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Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood.

BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND STATE THE PATH TO FATIMID STATEHOOD By Sumaiya Hamdani published by IB TAURIS ISBN 978 185043 882 3 price 25.00 [pounds sterling] hardback

This book examines the Islamic theologian and jurist who was one of the most original thinkers of his period. It argues that Qadi Al Nu'man's works constituted new and vital genres in Ismaili Shi'a literature, an emergence necessitated by the Fatimids' transition from revolutionary movement to statehood, and by their desire to establish their authority as a

Shi'a alternative to the Sunni Abbasid caliphate. Al Nu'man, already famous in the Fatimid era, produced a legacy which consists of the founding of Ismaili law and was author of its most authoritative compendium, the Kitab da'a'im Al Islam (Book of the buttresses of Islam). He also produced historical and biographical works, new interpretations of Ismaili doctrine, and the formulation of a ceremonial language achieved through his work on court protocol.

Between Revolution and State represents a sophisticated and readable analysis of one of the seminal figures of the Fatimid period.
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Date:May 1, 2007
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