The Case of the Authorship of the Fatimid Treatise

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  • NASREEN AFZAL
  • DAWOOD MIRZA

Abstract

The Fatimid caliphate that lasted for over two centuries is considered to be a ‘golden age’ of Islamic history. The rule of the Fatimid CaliphImams left behind a rich architectural and cultural legacy. In addition, it was the period when Ismaili scholarship and literature attained their summit. The endeavors of the famous intellectuals of the Fatimid period who authored numerous texts dealing with a multitude of exoteric and esoteric subjects have attracted significant scholarly attention. The present study pertains to the authorship of one such work, al-Majalis alMustansiriyyah, which is a collection of thirty-five discourses. The work belongs to a certain Da‘i (missionary) in the reign of Caliph-Imam alMustansir (427-487 AH/1035-1094 AD), whose identity is disputed. The Musta‘li-Tayyebi tradition explicitly ascribes the work to the Fatimid vizier Amir al-Juyush: Badr al-Jamali, while various scholars believe otherwise. The most recent attempt to identify the author has been made by Samuel Stern who attributes the work to a certain qadi al-Maliji. Surprisingly, Stern’s ambitious assertion has been endorsed by several scholars who have attributed the work to al-Maliji without investigation

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2021-03-06

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NASREEN AFZAL, & DAWOOD MIRZA. (2021). The Case of the Authorship of the Fatimid Treatise. Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, 68(1). Retrieved from http://phs.com.pk/index.php/phs/article/view/51

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