Friends and Rebels

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:
Friends and Rebels

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Al-Hakim's era is obviously quite a contrast to that of his father; it was bloody and violent, most particularly for the stream of executions and other killings carried out by his orders. A list of names in and of itself reveals little about why the caliph did what he did. One answer, propagated and possibly embellished by enemies of the state, was that al-Hakim was himself unstable and prone to fits of pique, sudden outbursts of ill-temper and deadly anger. It is useful to examine closely individual cases, first some that involve the execution of men quite close to al-Hakim, then second several where the rebellion against him is clearest, and finally treatises by members of his da'wa that display the quite ardent defense of his God-given right to absolute rule that is typical of those who maintained their unqualified devotion to him through to the end.

Keywords: executions; caliph; pique; ill-temper; devotion

Chapter.  12449 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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