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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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al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years

al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years

(p.45) 3 al-Maqrizi's Chronicle of the Middle Years
Caliph of Cairo

Paul E. Walker

American University in Cairo Press

Not all of al-Maqrizi's historical works have intention and, for certain periods of the Fatimids, a detailed chronological scheme proved impossible. The historian offers nothing more about the woman or her circumstances, just these few facts, which add up to a touching curiosity amid the serious business of the comings and goings of the ruler and the matters of state in which he was involved. Many other histories observe the events of a given year briefly with greater attention to a list of important men who died in it; al-Maqrizi hoped in this instance to capture as much of what had happened as he could locate, both the grand and the less grand, even bits of the mundane, little events from the realm of the strange and curious that his sources had thought interesting enough to report.

Keywords:   Fatimids, histories, al-Maqrizi, historical works, sources

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