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By Teresa Bernheimer

ISBN-10: 0748638474

ISBN-13: 9780748638475

ISBN-10: 0748695842

ISBN-13: 9780748695843

The 'Alids are the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, the elite kin of Islam. the distinction and veneration they're accorded is extraordinary in Islamic society, despite political or spiritual association. they've got performed an incredible position in Islamic historical past: recognized early rebels and founders of significant Islamic sects, and lots of rulers - comparable to 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 research of the 'Alids makes a speciality of the the most 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 kinfolk attained and prolonged its prestige over the centuries.

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