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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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Writing the Biography of an Enigma

Writing the Biography of an Enigma

(p.3) 1 Writing the Biography of an Enigma
Caliph of Cairo

Paul E. Walker

American University in Cairo Press

Al-Hakim mounts his favorite riding animal, a grey donkey named Qamar (the moon), and departs the comfort and safety of his royal abode for the silent darkness of the night; none of his staff would have thought much of it. Riding into the blackness of the evening was for him almost an obsession. He accepted others' demand and consented to pay them whether it was robbery or extortion by threat of harm or not. He had become well known for most generously rewarding such requests, much to the alarm of those responsible for the maintenance of his finances. One of the most powerful men in the world simply wandered out to circulate occasion to the area of the southern Qarafa cemetery, riding nearly alone among graves and the stars, the monuments and the sands.

Keywords:   Qamar, Al-Hakim, finances, extortion, graves

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