The Fatimid Caliphate and the Ismalili dawa : from the appointment of Mustali to the suppression of the dynasty.
The present thesis is a study of the
later phase of the Fätimid Caliphate and the
IsmD-ili daywa, from the death of al-Mustansir to
the suppression of the dynasty in 567/1171. It
consists of an Introduction and six chapters. The
first chapter introduces, in a broad outline, the
earlier history and movement of the Fätimids, upto
the year 466/1074.
Chapter II examines the events of the
last two decades of al-Mustansir's reign and the
problem of succession arising at his death in
487/1094. Two points are observed in particular:
One, in the now militarised Fätimid State the
Ismäl, ili Imam-Caliph is losing his original power
and strength. Two, this militarised administration
will be the central feature of the Fätimid regime
for the rest of its history.
Chapter III is devoted to the Musta'lian-
Nizäri split in the Ismä'Ili da'wa. It studies this
important issue through available Ismä"ili literature.In Chapter IV is considered the history
of the caliphs, al-Musta''li and al-Amir and the
Fätimid state in decline. In the newly established
military administration the Fatimid caliph was
giving place to his wazlr al-sayf - both in the
realm of politics and in the field of da''wa.
Chapter V is concerned with the interregnum
and rupture of 524-526/1130-1132. It investigates
into two central problems of this confused period
of the Fäjimid dynasty - the regency of al-Häfiz,
and the origin of Tayyibi Ismä~ilism.
Chapter VI deals with the last years
of the Fätimids. It examines the nature of the
Fätimid military; investigates political status
and religious claim of the last caliphs upto their
suppression in 567/1171.