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The Father, the Dynasty, Childhood and Regency

Paul E. Walker

in Caliph of Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163289
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970207 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.003.0002
The Father, the Dynasty, Childhood and Regency

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The death of one Fatimid caliph and the succession of the next would have been kept secret until the situation had been tested and any potentially disturbing factors were brought under control. It is worth noting with the execution of Barjawan, added to the fall of Ibn 'Ammar and the death of the qadi Muhammad, that all three of the men al-'Aziz had asked to assume aspects of the regency over his son were out of the picture. The information available in the historical record reports only sparse details: when and where he led prayers and delivered the sermon on the one or two Fridays in Ramadan and on the two annual 'id festivals, what were the occasional audiences he sat for, how he accompanied his father for various ceremonial duties, gifts from the sister, his riding in processions, approving decrees and appointments, and signing the documents and petitions of government.

Keywords: Fatimid caliph; regency; Ramadan; decrees; petitions

Chapter.  13436 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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