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The Theocrat (Modern Arabic Literature)

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ISBN13: 9789774162510
ISBN10: 977416251x
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The Theocrat takes as its subject one of Arab and Islamic history's most perplexing figures, al-Hakim bi-Amr Illah ("the ruler by order of God"), the Fatimid caliph who ruled Egypt during the tenth century and whose career was a direct reflection of both the tensions within the Islamic dominions as a whole and of the conflicts within his own mind. In this remarkable novel Bensalem Himmich explores these tensions and conflicts and their disastrous consequences on an individual ruler and on his people. Himmich does not spare his readers the full horror and tragedy of al-Hakim's reign, but in employing a variety of textual styles including quotations from some of the best known medieval Arab historians; vivid historical narratives; a series of extraordinary decrees issued by the caliph; and, most remarkably, the inspirational utterances of al-Hakim during his ecstatic visions, recorded by his devotees and subsequently a basis for the foundation of the Druze community he succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a character whose sheer unpredictability throws into relief the qualities of those who find themselves forced to cajole, confront, or oppose him.

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A new paperback edition of the historical novel about al-Hakim, the controversial caliph and ruler of Egypt in the eleventh century, by the award-winning Moroccan novelist

About the Author

ROGER ALLEN is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his translations are Naguib Mahfouzs Mirrors (AUC Press, 1999) and Bensalem Himmichs The Polymath (AUC Press, 2000).

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Product Details

ISBN:
9789774162510
Author:
Himmich, Bensalem
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Translator:
Allen, Roger
Author:
Allen, Roger
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern Arabic Literature
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
4.9 x 7.8 x 0.6 in 0.6 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General

The Theocrat (Modern Arabic Literature) New Trade Paper
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