The Earliest States of Eastern Europe
DG-2021, 524-529

Mention of the Fatimids by Constantine Porphyrogenitus (a commentary on Chapter 15 De administrando imperio)

I. G. Konovalova

Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences


For citation: Konovalova, Irina G. Mention of the Fatimids by Constantine Porphyrogenitus (a commentary on Chapter 15 of De administrando imperio) // Drevneishie gosudarstva Vostochnoi Evropy (The Earliest States of Eastern Europe). 2021: Eastern Europe and the World of Islam. In honor of Tatjana M. Kalinina. Editors of the volume B.E. Rashkovskiy, E.V. Litovskikh, E.A. Melnikova. Moscow: Dmitry Pozharsky University, 2021. S. 524–529.


DOI: 10.32608/1560-1382-2021-42-524-529


AbstractThe paper is devoted to the debatable question of what kind of Arabic kin is meant in chapter 15 of the treatise of Constantine Porphyrogenitus De administrando imperio, whose title, referring to the Fatimid clan, is an inset and is not related to the content of the chapter. An analysis of Constantine’s information on the localization of the kin in the context of the peculiarities of the author’s perception of space led to the conclusion that the compiler of chapter 15 had in mind the clan of banu Hashim of the Quraish tribe. The description in chapter 15 of the clan banu Hashim makes it possible to integrate this chapter into the chronological and logical scheme of the narrative of the treatise on the Islamic world as a whole.

Constantine Porphyrogenitus, De administrando imperio, Fatimids, Banu Hashim, spatial orientation

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