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Caliph of CairoAl-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021$
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Paul E. Walker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163289

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.001.0001

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Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Chapter:
(p.219) 7 Foreign Affairs
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Caliph of Cairo
Author(s):

Paul E. Walker

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.003.0007

Abbasid al-Qadir's matter had become urgent, even critical, and yet he himself possessed no real army. Historians claim that al-Hakim had offered no more than 30 thousand. In any case, Qirwash quickly realized where his best interest lay; the khutba in his lands soon once again called for God's blessings on al-Qadir. Of the thousands and thousands of khutba-sermons delivered in the name of the Fatimid imams—one each Friday in every mosque of the realm—virtually none survive. Prime example coming from outside the empire is thus remarkable. Al-Baqillani, with a role in restoring Qirwash to the Abbasid cause, composed, about this time, a treatise he called “Exposing the Secrets and Tearing Away the Veil” as his refutation of the Fatimid position. Christian enemies proved, in general, more amenable to civil relations than the Muslims of the Sunni east.

Keywords:   Abbasid, army, khutba, mosque, refutation

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