Al-Jardjarai came from a small Iraqi town south of Baghdad . He came to Egypt and entered the service of Sitt al-Mulk before becoming secretary to the chief of police in Cairo . As such, he was convicted of infidelity when he opened letters from the secret service, which is why his hands were cut off in 1013. However, Caliph al-Hakim soon regretted this severe punishment, took al-Jardjarai back into the palace and reassigned him to high offices. After the death of al-Hakim he took over the administration of the private assets of the regent Sitt al-Mulk and after her death in 1023 he gained control of the imperial finances.
In the following years al-Jardjarai exercised power under Caliph al- Zahir with other favorites. However, al-Jardjarai was able to eliminate his competitors by 1028 and take over the office of vizier . During this time the empire was shaken by a severe famine and Bedouin revolts in Syria and Palestine .
After the pacification of Syria by Anuschtegin ad-Duzbiri, he tried to improve relations with Byzantium . After an armistice had already been concluded in 1027, after renewed fighting in 1036, peace was concluded. Above all, the supremacy over the emirate of the Mirdasids in Aleppo , which was claimed by both powers, was controversial . In fact, this competition subsequently led to dual rule over Aleppo.
- Heinz Halm : The Caliphs of Cairo. The Fatimids in Egypt 973-1074. CH Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-48654-1 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||علي بن أحمد الجرجرائي (Arabic)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Vizier of the Fatimids (1028-1045)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||10th century or 11th century|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 27, 1045|