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Caliph of Cairo: Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021

Paul E. Walker

Abstract

One night in the year 411/1021, the powerful ruler of Fatimid Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, rode out of the southern gates of his city and was never seen again. Was the caliph murdered, or could he have decided to abandon his royal life, wandering off to live alone and anonymous? Whatever the truth, the fact was that al-Hakim had literally vanished into the desert. Yet al-Hakim, though shrouded in mystery, has never been forgotten. To the Druze, he was (and is) God, and his disappearance merely indicated his reversion to non-human form. For Ismailis, al-Hakim was the sixteenth imam, descended ... More

Keywords: Fatimid Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, royalty, Druze, God, Ismailis, Jews, Christians, Prophet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774163289
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul E. Walker, author