Orations of the Fatimid Caliphs: Festival Sermons of the by Paul E. Walker

By Paul E. Walker

The Fatimid empire was once a hugely refined and cosmopolitan regime that flourished from the start of the tenth to the top of the twelfth century. less than the enlightened rule of the Fatimid Caliphs, Cairo was once based because the nucleus of an imperium that prolonged from Arabia within the east to present-day Morocco within the west. Dynamic rulers just like the the fourth caliph al-Mu'izz (who conquered Egypt and based his new capital there) have been amazing not just for his or her large conquests but in addition for combining secular with spiritual legitimacy. As dwelling imams of the Ismaili department of Shi'ism, they exercised authority over either religious and secular domain names. The sacred measurement in their mandate used to be manifested so much powerfully two times a 12 months, whilst the imam-Caliphs for my part added sermons, or khutbas, to their matters, to coincide with the nice feasts and fairs of fast-breaking and sacrifice. whereas few of those sermons have survived, those who have persevered vividly evoke either one of the ambience of the party and the phrases uttered on it. Paul E. Walker right here presents certain entry to those orations via featuring the Arabic unique and a whole English translation of the entire khutbas now extant. He additionally deals a heritage of the pageant sermons and explores their key topics and rhetorical strategies.

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Abu’l-Qāsim ʿAlī Ibn al-Ṣayrafī, al-Ishāra ilā man nāla al-wizāra, ed. Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid (Cairo, 1990), p. 65; Ittiʿāẓ, 2: 124. 87 He was accompanied by all of his servants, as well as the elite notables of his government. He wore a fine linen shawl that was wrapped around him. On his head was a white turban embroidered with gold thread. On him was a white dabīqī linen robe and over him a dabīqī linen parasol, also embroidered with gold. That was for the procession going. When he came back, over his head, there was a white dabīqī linen parasol mukhawwama threaded with gold.

Al-Jawdharī, Sīrat Jawdhar, pp. , pp. 76–78. a history of the fatimid khuba 19 years of his reign were ever copied. 40 The first, and only complete, example of a khuṭba to come from al-Muʿizz was the one delivered by the new imam on the feast of sacrifice only weeks later. In it the caliph both announces the loss of his father and laments being separated from him. For the next two decades, he gave many more khuṭbas, but, aside from a relatively short passage from one that has no date or indication of where or on what occasion it was delivered, we have copies of no more.

Ittiʿāẓ, 2: 96–97; Sanders, Ritual, Politics and the City, p. 61. 80. Ittiʿāẓ, 2: 98. 81. Ibn Saʿīd, al-Nujūm al-zāhira, p. 64. 82. Ittiʿāẓ, 2: 103. 83. Ibn Saʿīd, al-Nujūm al-zāhira, p. 53. 84 At the very end of the reign in 411/1021, just as the transition to al-Ḥākim’s son and actual successor al-Ẓāhir was about to take place, an amir was charged with the responsibility of having the oath of allegiance said for the new caliph on the feast of sacrifice. At the muṣallā, however, the khuṭba was given by the chief qadi in the name of al-Ḥākim.

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