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Title: Aspects of the reign of Al-Mustanṣir Biʾllāh, 427-487/1036-1094AD
Author: Clarke, Kirsten
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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The Fatimid caliph al-Mustansir bi’llāh was the eighth caliph of the Sevener Shī’ite Ismā‘īlī dynasty, who were based in their palace city of Cairo. Having ascended the throne at the age of seven, he ruled from 427/1036 to 487/1094. His territory fluctuated wildly. At its peak it stretched from modern-day Tunisia across Africa into Syria and Yemen, with other territories such as Syria under al-Mustansir’s control. At his reign’s nadir, the caliph scarcely controlled Cairo itself and lost much of his possessions in North Africa, Syria and the Arabian peninsula. This thesis examines various aspects of al- Mustansir’s six decades on the throne, from his accession as a child to the most powerful empire of its day to his death after twenty years as a warlord’s puppet, his empire having been ruined by a decade of vicious fighting caused in part by his own lack of leadership. From the caliph’s scandalous family to the offices surrounding his position, his widely varying populace and the actual man himself, I have aimed in this work to finally give al- Mustansir the individual recognition his extraordinary history deserves.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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