Fatimids and Umayyads | The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Fatimids and Umayyads | The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates addresses the comparative study of the two dynasties with an analytical and interdisciplinary approach to make state of the art research accessible to a variety of academic constituencies.

Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

September 23 – 25, 2016

Relations between the Fatimid caliphate and its neighbor and opponent, the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus constitute a field of study that merits careful and extensive consideration. Scholarship has tended to study both dynasties separately and the existing entanglements between the two caliphates have been noted, albeit briefly, in a number of academic publications. The project Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates endeavors to place both dynasties in context by creating an academic forum in which to reflect upon and illustrate the processes and mechanisms of interaction, and also to explore and problematize the existence of crosspollination. Various scenarios (historical, social, intellectual, economic, legal, theological, religious, cultural, technical, visual, and artistic) are considered in order to assess affinities, as well as discrepancies, connections and contrasts with regard to how these shaped the Fatimid impact on Umayyad dominions and vice versa. For more information, visit the website

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