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Fāṭimids, a dynasty that rose to political dominion in North Africa in 297/909 after a long period of secret revolutionary activity in various regions of the Islamic world. They formally proclaimed their caliphate in Rabīʿ II 297/January 910. The new caliph, al-Mahdī, was already imam of the Shiʿi Ismailis but, until then, he had not actually ruled a politically defined territory. However, he and his success…

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Paul E. Walker, “Fāṭimids”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036112>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110

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