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al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years

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/9789774163289.003.0003
al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years

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Not all of al-Maqrizi's historical works have intention and, for certain periods of the Fatimids, a detailed chronological scheme proved impossible. The historian offers nothing more about the woman or her circumstances, just these few facts, which add up to a touching curiosity amid the serious business of the comings and goings of the ruler and the matters of state in which he was involved. Many other histories observe the events of a given year briefly with greater attention to a list of important men who died in it; al-Maqrizi hoped in this instance to capture as much of what had happened as he could locate, both the grand and the less grand, even bits of the mundane, little events from the realm of the strange and curious that his sources had thought interesting enough to report.

Keywords: Fatimids; histories; al-Maqrizi; historical works; sources

Chapter.  21367 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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