Download e-book for iPad: 'Alids by Teresa Bernheimer

By Teresa Bernheimer

The 'Alids are the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, the elite relatives of Islam. the honour and veneration they're accorded is remarkable in Islamic society, despite political or spiritual association. they've got performed a massive function in Islamic heritage: well-known early rebels and founders of significant Islamic sects, and plenty of rulers - resembling the 10th-century Fatimids in Egypt, the present kings of Jordan and Morocco, Ayatollah Khomeini and the Aga Khan - all claimed 'Alid descent.

This first in-depth learn of the 'Alids makes a speciality of the an important formative interval from the Abbasid Revolution to the Saljuq interval, 750-1100. Exploring the increase of the 'Alids as a social phenomenon, the writer asks how this family members attained and prolonged its prestige over the centuries.

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