Afterlife and Epilogue

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:
Afterlife and Epilogue

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Al-Hakim rode off on his last known excursion barely months beyond the 400th anniversary of the Prophet's death. Even though the Fatimid dynastic establishment, led by Sitt al-Mulk, had determined to carry on by elevating al-Zahir to the caliphate and vigorously suppressing all sentiment to the contrary, there are in the record too many reports, first of individuals who refused to acknowledge the succession pending final news of al-Hakim, and then later of claims of his actually having reappeared. More significant was the year 400 of the Islamic era, which came ten lunar years later. The turn of a century raised hopes among the Muslims of the coming of a renewer, a person who could and would reform religious doctrine and observance, bringing it back once again to what it had been in the days of the Prophet.

Keywords: caliphate; al-Hakim; lunar; renewer; doctrine

Chapter.  10366 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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