This English translation of a rare work by a fifteenth century Mamluk scholar Taqi al‐Din al‐Maqrizi documents the founding of Egypt and provides one of the most comprehensive accounts of al‐Mui’zz’s reign.
Imam‐caliph al‐Mui’zz founded the city of Cairo and transformed the Fatimid state to an impressive Mediterranean Empire. This translation is the only complete history of the Fatimids written by a medieval Sunni historian. Al‐Maqrizi demonstrates a critical discernment regarding the value and limitations of his sources that is unusual amongst Muslim historians of the time. This makes a notable contribution to one of the most fascinating periods in Islamic history.
Annotated translation of al‐Maqrizi’s Itti`az al‐hunafa’ biakhbar al‐a`imma al‐Fatimiyyin al‐khulafa’ (Lessons for the Seekers of Truth in the History of Fatimid Imams and Caliphs). Translated with an Introduction by Shainool Jiwa. A Reading Guide prepared by Bashir Ladha for the Department of Community Relations, 2011.