Foreign Affairs

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:
Foreign Affairs

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Abbasid al-Qadir's matter had become urgent, even critical, and yet he himself possessed no real army. Historians claim that al-Hakim had offered no more than 30 thousand. In any case, Qirwash quickly realized where his best interest lay; the khutba in his lands soon once again called for God's blessings on al-Qadir. Of the thousands and thousands of khutba-sermons delivered in the name of the Fatimid imams—one each Friday in every mosque of the realm—virtually none survive. Prime example coming from outside the empire is thus remarkable. Al-Baqillani, with a role in restoring Qirwash to the Abbasid cause, composed, about this time, a treatise he called “Exposing the Secrets and Tearing Away the Veil” as his refutation of the Fatimid position. Christian enemies proved, in general, more amenable to civil relations than the Muslims of the Sunni east.

Keywords: Abbasid; army; khutba; mosque; refutation

Chapter.  7916 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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