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The Final Seven 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/9789774163289.003.0008
The Final Seven Years

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It seems odd to include the last seven years of al-Hakim's reign. It must point to a dramatic change, an alteration in the character of his rule or of himself that is clearly notable seven years prior to his disappearance. Ibn Ilyas's name was for the following seven years added to the coinage, all official documents and decrees, flags and banners, and the Friday sermon. No one in the realm could have missed it, or failed to wonder what this extraordinary action really meant. Historians belonging to the two major Christian groups, the Copts and the Melkites, both insist that al-Hakim himself took a special interest during these final years in some of this rebuilding and that in each case became attached personally, perhaps spiritually, to a prominent monk belonging to their own group.

Keywords: reign; character; coinage; decrees; monk

Chapter.  10766 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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