The Theocrat: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature (Paperback))

The Theocrat A Modern Arabic Novel Modern Arabic Literature Paperback The Theocrat takes as its subject one of Arab and Islamic history s most perplexing figures al Hakim bi Amr Illah the ruler by order of God the Fatimid caliph who ruled Egypt during the tenth centu

  • Title: The Theocrat: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature (Paperback))
  • Author: Bensalem Himmich Roger Allen
  • ISBN: 9789774162510
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Theocrat: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature (Paperback))

    The Theocrat takes as its subject one of Arab and Islamic history s most perplexing figures, al Hakim bi Amr Illah the ruler by order of God , the Fatimid caliph who ruled Egypt during the tenth century and whose career was a direct reflection of both the tensions within the Islamic dominions as a whole and of the conflicts within his own mind In this remarkable novelThe Theocrat takes as its subject one of Arab and Islamic history s most perplexing figures, al Hakim bi Amr Illah the ruler by order of God , the Fatimid caliph who ruled Egypt during the tenth century and whose career was a direct reflection of both the tensions within the Islamic dominions as a whole and of the conflicts within his own mind In this remarkable novel Bensalem Himmich explores these tensions and conflicts and their disastrous consequences on an individual ruler and on his people Himmich does not spare his readers the full horror and tragedy of al Hakim s reign, but in employing a variety of textual styles including quotations from some of the best known medieval Arab historians vivid historical narratives a series of extraordinary decrees issued by the caliph and, most remarkably, the inspirational utterances of al Hakim during his ecstatic visions, recorded by his devotees and subsequently a basis for the foundation of the Druze community he succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a character whose sheer unpredictability throws into relief the qualities of those who find themselves forced to cajole, confront, or oppose him.

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    1. Sheila

      This book was terrible to read Not sure if it was originally written in Arabic but there was no skilled storytelling or plot rather an amalgamation of ridiculous decrees and actions made by Hakim with no context or proper presentation of circumstance It was simply situation after situation of absurd behavior of a ruler who is presented to have chemical imbalances in the brain There was absolutely no effort to bring Hakim alive as a character so that the audience might understand where he was com [...]

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