Event - November 26: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver | Shainool Jiwa - Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

Event – November 26: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver | Shainool Jiwa – Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule

During their two and a half century rule (909-1171 CE), the Fatimid rulers, known as Imam-caliphs, developed a model of governance recognised both in medieval and modern times for its inclusivity. The lecture will discuss the extent to which Fatimid policy was the result of the interplay between doctrinal commitments and their lived experience, tempered…

A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period - Professor Paul E. Walker's Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period – Professor Paul E. Walker’s Presentation at MESA 2014 Conference, Washington, DC

At some point close to or immediately after the advent of the Fatimids in North Africa, Abu’l-ʿAbbās, brother of the famous Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Shīʿī, was asked to compose an explanation of the stipulations governing zakāt and ṣadaqa … A Newly Discovered Treatise from the Earliest Fatimid Period on the Relationship between the Burden of Alms…

Sqifa al-Kahla gatehouse in Mahdiyya - Photo: Gasmi Raouf

Did You Know: Fatimid Caliphate was established in Tunisia?

Did you know that the Fatimid Caliphate was established in Tunisia? The Fatimid Caliphs were Imams of the Shia Ismailis, who founded their dynasty in Tunisia. Named after the Prophet’s daughter, Fatima, the reign of the Fatimid Caliph-Imams, for almost two centuries, in North Africa and later in Egypt (973-1171), is often referred to as…

Al Hakim Mosque | The Art of Photography (HDR) by Nader El Assy

Al-Hakim Mosque is a major Islamic religious site in Cairo, Egypt. It is named after Imam Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985–1021), the sixth Fatimid caliph,16 th Fatimid/Ismaili Imam and the first to be born in Egypt.The mosque was originally built as an enclosure by the Fatimid vizier Gawhar Al-Siqilli (c. 928–992), but was incorporated into the…

Photo Gallery: Ramadan lanterns adorn Cairo's streets

Photo Gallery: Ramadan lanterns adorn Cairo’s streets

According to historical accounts, the tradition of using lanterns as a decoration in Ramadan originated during the Fatimid Caliphate, primarily centered in Egypt, where Caliph Al-Muez Li-Din Allah was greeted by people carrying lanterns to celebrate his rule. From that time, lanterns were used to light mosques, houses and streets throughout the capital city of…

Fatimid coins among hoard of Viking coinage

Fatimid coins among hoard of Viking coinage

An ancient Viking gold coin collection was unearthed by two amateur archaeologists from a muddy ploughed field in Bornholm. Frank Pelle and Bent Gregersen made the unique discovery after long hours of toil by using metal detectors. The coin discovery was a priceless experience for the young archaeologists and they searched hundred hours for the…

Moez Ledin Allah Street in Cairo

Moez Ledin Allah Street in Cairo

Excerpt: The Moez Ledin Allah Street is one of Cairo’s oldest. It was built by the Fatimid leader Jawhar al-Siqili who moved the capital from Tunisia in the west to Egypt in the east in the ninth century AD. Chairman of the Chamber of Goods and Antiquities: $1.5bn loss in activity during 2013 – The…

Cairo’s Al-Muizz Street gets new look

Cairo’s Al-Muizz Street gets new look

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—“It was first decided to impose a car ban because the street is specially designated for pedestrians . . . it is in actual fact an open-air museum.” This was the opinion of the officials from the Cairo governorate who are now supervising the renovations of the city’s famous Al-Muizz Street, situated at the heart of…

BBC Radio: The Islamic Golden Age, Fatimid Caliph-Imam Al Hakim

BBC Radio: The Islamic Golden Age, Fatimid Caliph-Imam Al Hakim

By Dr. Simonetta Calderini and Dr. Delia Cortese Radio 3′s twenty part essay series on the Islamic Golden Age continues its exploration through this five hundred year period of empire, innovation, religious turmoil, scientific discovery and major advances in philosophical thought. In this evening’s essay, we hear about the controversial Egyptian Imam-caliph, Al Hakim and…

Project: Fatimid Cairo

Project: Fatimid Cairo

The Fatimid Caliphate was a Shia caliphate. Its sovereignty spanned a large area of North Africa, from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west.The dynasty ruled across the Mediterranean … The dynasty ruled across the Mediterranean coast of Africa and ultimately made Egypt the center of the caliphate. At…

Mummified bodies of Makurian Christian Kings excavated - Kingdom held good relationship with Islamic Fatimid neighbors

Mummified bodies of Makurian Christian Kings excavated – Kingdom held good relationship with Islamic Fatimid neighbors

A 900-year-old medieval crypt, containing seven naturally mummified bodies and walls covered with inscriptions, has been excavated in a monastery at Old Dongola, the capital of a lost medieval kingdom that flourished in the Nile Valley. Old Dongola is located in modern-day Sudan, and 900 years ago, it was the capital of Makuria, a Christian…

Exhibition “Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World”

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation today [25 October, 2013] presented the most important travelling exhibition of Islamic art and culture, Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World, spanning more than ten centuries and including ancient artworks and objects from throughout the Islamic world. The exhibition will be on display in Seville from October before…

The Fatimid lantern: A Ramadan legacy

In Fayoum’s famous commercial street, Ramla, you cannot miss Darwish al-Shamy’s sons’ workshop which makes the Fatimid lantern with its different shapes and sizes. The Egyptian tradition of purchasing and lighting lanterns in Ramadan must be the strongest in the Islamic world. This tradition dates back to the Fatimid era when the lanterns were made…