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(a.), a Fāṭimid administrative term. It denoted an intermediary between the Fāṭimid ruler— the Imām—and the ruling establishment and people. The title of wāsiṭa conferred on chief administrators implied more limited powers and lower rank than that of vizier. The terms wāsiṭa/wasāṭa are attested in 5th/11th-century literary and documentary sources. The first person upon whom it was bestowed was the Kutāmī chief Ibn ʿAmmār, at the time of al-Ḥākim’s coronation. Several administrators during the rule of al-Ḥākim (386-411/996-1021) and al-Ẓāhir (411-27/1021-36) [q.vv.] were appo…

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Lev, Y., “Wāsiṭa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7887>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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