The 'Alids: The First Family of Islam, 750-1200 by Teresa BernheimerThe 'Alids: The First Family of Islam, 750-1200 by Teresa Bernheimer

The 'Alids: The First Family of Islam, 750-1200

byTeresa Bernheimer

Paperback | September 21, 2014

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The 'Alids are the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, the elite family of Islam. The respect and veneration they are accorded is unparalleled in Islamic society, regardless of political or religious affiliation. They have played a major role in Islamic history: famous early rebels andfounders of major Islamic sects, and many rulers - such as the 10th-century Fatimids in Egypt, the current kings of Jordan and Morocco, Ayatollah Khomeini and the Aga Khan - all claimed 'Alid descent.This first in-depth study of the 'Alids focuses on the crucial formative period from the Abbasid Revolution to the Saljuq period, 750-1100. Exploring the rise of the 'Alids as a social phenomenon, the author asks how this family attained and extended its status over the centuries.
Teresa Bernheimer is Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East in the Early Islamic Period at SOAS, University of London. She is co-editor of Late Antiquity: Eastern Perspectives (2011).
Title:The 'Alids: The First Family of Islam, 750-1200Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0748695842

ISBN - 13:9780748695843


Editorial Reviews

"The study is meticulousand well-referenced, with ample support from primary sources in addition to active engagement with contemporary literature... valuable to anyone wishing to study the social phenomenon of the 'Alids or medieval Islamic history in general." --Amina Inloes, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences