Der gefälschte Kalif - eine Einführung in die Sīrat al-Ḥākim bi-Amrillāh
The dissertation addresses the rather unknown Arabian popular epic Sīrat al-Ḥākim bi-Amrillāh which is an urban representative of the later siyar shaʿbiyya and reflects the history of the Fatimid caliphs al-Ḥākim bi-Amrillāh (r. 969-1021) and his successors. The textual witnesses cover manuscripts from 15th to 19th century. The epic, siyar-specific composition of the historical material is characterized by language, narrative structure, extension, themes and motifs and self- reflection of the
... reflection of the texts. The Sīra shows a strong reference to Sunni historiographical sources from the late Ayyubid and Mamluk period. Comparing these sources with the Sīra, it becomes visible that the narrators of the Sīra used their knowledge of the historiographical material to re-interpret Egyptian Fatimid history and to incorporate it into the context of a cathartic narration of the triumph of Sunni orthodox Islam. An abstract presentation of the epic as a hero's journey, allows the comparison with other representatives of the siyar shaʿbiyya and shows the difference in the structure of the narration, due to the character of the dichotomic and tragical hero al-Ḥākim, and how the dilemma is being solved.