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Saiyyidna Qadi al-Nu'man: Ta'wil al-Da'a'im
(Describes the Original Meanings of all the Elements
of Shari'ah) (d974) Fatimid jurist and author.
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Taken from: www.amaana.org

By the ninth century, the Fatimids (Ismaelis) had organized a secret movement called al-da'wa (the mission). The aim was to uproot
the Abbasids. The regions outside the Fatimid dominions, were divided into twelve jaziras or "islands" for da'wa purposes, each jazira representing a separate da'wa region. Delineated on the basis of a combination of geographic and ethnographic considerations, the "islands", collectively designated as "the islands of the earth" (jaza'ir al-ard), included Rum (Byzantine), Daylam (this is in Persia),
Sind, Hind, Sin (China), and the regions inhabited by Arabs, Nubians, Khazars, Slavs (Saqaliba), Berbers, Zanj, and Habash.

This same paragraph is repeated in Al-Sijistani (1000)