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The Relationship Between Chief Qāḍī And Chief Dā'Ī Under The Fatimids

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In his various descriptions of the ranks in Fatimid administration, the Mamluk-era historian al-Maqrīzī noted the special importance of two in particular, the offices respectively of chief qāḍī and of chief dāʿī. With respect to holding supreme authority over the whole of the judiciary in this early period, the one possible exception may be that of Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān, the most famous of all Fatimid jurists. A comparison of the form and function of these two positions over the final decades of Fatimid rule with an earlier period under the same dynasty in Egypt suggests little or no fundamental changes over the intervening years.

Keywords: chief dāʿī; chief qāḍī; Egypt; Fatimids; Mamluk-era historian



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