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Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World 228 Book Reviews the original Arabic. In addition to the beautifully translated prose, Haji’s edition also contains a chronology of early Isma¯‘ili history (145/762–364/974), several maps of the Maghrib, a table of Kuta¯mah clans and lineage, as well as an Aghlabid genealogy. In Haji’s introduction to the text, he provides ample information about Qadi l-Nu‘ma¯n and his accomplishments before turning to a discussion of the significance of the work and a detailed summary of the text itself. Finally, there is also a summary of the available manuscript editions of the Iftita¯h that were consulted in the translation. This text is crucial for the valuable narrative it provides of the pre-Fatimid Isma¯‘ili da‘wa and the advent of the Fa¯timid Caliphate, a period for which we have few primary sources. But, in addition to this, it also contains important information on the late Aghlabid amirs and their officials as well as the Aghlabid relationship with the Kuta¯mah Berber and the ‘Abba¯sid Caliph. Further, it is also an excellent example of medieval Islamic historiography. This text is useful to all those interested in medieval Islamic history and historiography, in addition to specialists on the Isma¯‘ilis and Fa¯timids. CHRISTINE D. BAKER University of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean Taylor & Francis

Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

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Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World

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228 Book Reviews the original Arabic. In addition to the beautifully translated prose, Haji’s edition also contains a chronology of early Isma¯‘ili history (145/762–364/974), several maps of the Maghrib, a table of Kuta¯mah clans and lineage, as well as an Aghlabid genealogy. In Haji’s introduction to the text, he provides ample information about Qadi l-Nu‘ma¯n and his accomplishments before turning to a discussion of the significance of the work...
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Taylor & Francis
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1473-348X
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0950-3110
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10.1080/09503110.2010.488893
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Abstract

228 Book Reviews the original Arabic. In addition to the beautifully translated prose, Haji’s edition also contains a chronology of early Isma¯‘ili history (145/762–364/974), several maps of the Maghrib, a table of Kuta¯mah clans and lineage, as well as an Aghlabid genealogy. In Haji’s introduction to the text, he provides ample information about Qadi l-Nu‘ma¯n and his accomplishments before turning to a discussion of the significance of the work and a detailed summary of the text itself. Finally, there is also a summary of the available manuscript editions of the Iftita¯h that were consulted in the translation. This text is crucial for the valuable narrative it provides of the pre-Fatimid Isma¯‘ili da‘wa and the advent of the Fa¯timid Caliphate, a period for which we have few primary sources. But, in addition to this, it also contains important information on the late Aghlabid amirs and their officials as well as the Aghlabid relationship with the Kuta¯mah Berber and the ‘Abba¯sid Caliph. Further, it is also an excellent example of medieval Islamic historiography. This text is useful to all those interested in medieval Islamic history and historiography, in addition to specialists on the Isma¯‘ilis and Fa¯timids. CHRISTINE D. BAKER University of

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Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval MediterraneanTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2010

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