Chapter

The Institutions of His Rule

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/9789774163289.003.0004
The Institutions of His Rule

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Later dynasties detested the Fatimids. Al-Hakim's government administration depended on a series of subordinate ranks, a true bureaucracy, ranging from offices at the top. Given that the empire in his time stretched over vast territories, only part of which was Egypt, a description of government operations in the capital does not reliably indicate the situation elsewhere. Those reports tend to deal in more detail with the highest ranks—wazir and qadi, for example—and pay less and less attention to the lower. The choosing of the men appointed to high office was, in general, carefully managed; and those chosen were constantly supervised afterward by the imam. The primary exception to such a policy occurred when al-'Aziz raised one of his aides, Ya'qub Ibn Killis, to the position of wazir in 978. Al-Hakim continued this latter policy of his father; he himself appointed no wazirs.

Keywords: bureaucracy; territories; wazir; imam; al-Hakim

Chapter.  28017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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