The mosque and the early Qur’an schools were the first Muslim educational institutions. Continue reading Many institutions of learning developed from mosques
After the Fatimids moved to Egypt in the year 973 the palace in Cairo acquired a library unmatched anywhere in the contemporary world. Continue reading Fatimid Imams had a fondness for books, establishing a library that was a wonder of the medieval world
Al-Masry Al-Youm continues to monitor the tolerance between religions and the message of peace that you will notice as soon as you set foot in St. Catherine. Life in the St. Catherine monastery is different than anywhere else in the world. Muslim Bedouins work in the monastery. They take tourists on a camel trip from Mount Sinai to the monastery. Their children sell artisan crafts … Continue reading Fatimid minaret embraces church tower | Egypt Independent
“….the art and culture of the Fatimids is the expression of a remarkably tolerant multireligious and multiethnic society, the source of impressive material prosperity and of an unprecedented creative vitality.” Marianne Barrucand Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the Sorbonne and editor of L’Egypte Fatimide: Son Art et Son Histoire AKDN Press Release dated December 3, 1999 “The Fatimids, after all, prided themselves on a broadly … Continue reading The pluralism of the Fatimids created a society “of an unprecedented creative vitality”
The Fatimid Caliph-Imam Abu Ali Mansur, who took the caliphal title of al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, succeeded his father to the Imamat on October 14, 996. The first Fatimid Caliph-Imam to be born in Egypt, Imam made the education of Ismailis a priority; various study sessions known as majalis were established in Cairo where he also completed the mosque in 1013 that bears his name, and … Continue reading Today in history: Imam al-Hakim bi Amr Allah succeeded to the Imamat
Named after the Prophet’s daughter, the Fatimids established their empire in 909 in North Africa when Imam al-Mahdi was proclaimed Caliph. Imams al-Mahdi and al-Mansur reigned from North Africa, founding cities named after them. In 973 Imam al-Mu’izz transferred the capital of the empire to Cairo, a city he founded. In Egypt, the Fatimids, patronised intellectual activities, founding major libraries and institutions of learning. Through … Continue reading Few Fatimid luxury art items from the North African phase have survived
Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of History at Princeton University, has been awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Rustow is among 24 scientists, artists, scholars and activists who each will receive $625,000 no-strings-attached grants over a five-year period from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to … Continue reading Marina Rustow, historian of medieval Middle East, Fatimid Studies, wins MacArthur Fellowship | Princeton University
Following the announcement last year that the Keir Collection would arrive at the DMA on a long-term loan, the Museum opened in May 2014 a focused exhibition of one of the collection’s most notable works: a rock crystal ewer from Egypt’s Fatimid Caliphate (969–1171), one of only seven of its kind in existence. The ewer will remain on view at the DMA as part of the new exhibition.
Texas has the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States, and until now Dallas has been the only one of the four largest metropolitan areas in the nation lacking a significant public display of the art of the Islamic world. None of the projects of DMX, including the Keir loan, involve fees, but instead are intended to foster scholarship, relationship-building and lifelong learning.
Dallas Museum of Art to Present First North American Exhibition of One of the World’s Leading Islamic Art Collections
Spirit and Matter Exhibition Will Include More Than 50 Masterworks from Rarely Exhibited Keir Collection
Dallas, TX—September 17, 2015— This fall, the Dallas Museum of Art will mount Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, the first North American exhibition from one of the world’s most significant and rarely exhibited private collections of Islamic art. Opening on September 18, this unprecedented exhibition will showcase more than 50 of the most historically important masterworks from the Keir Collection, which is arriving in Dallas this year on a 15-year loan to the DMA.
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On September 30, 976, Ali ibn al-Nu’man, son of al-Qadi al-Nu’man, was appointed supreme judge in the Fatimid capital of Cairo during the reign of Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Aziz. Qadi al-Nu’man and his descendants dominated the judicial affairs of the Fatimid Empire for many decades. Born in 903, al-Qadi al-Nu’man served the Fatimids in various capacities from the time of Imam al-Mahdi in North Africa. Imam … Continue reading Today in history: Ali ibn al-Nu’man was appointed supreme judge of the Fatimid state
The map of the city of Mahdiyya (in modern-day Tunisia) is one of seventeen maps and diagrams illustrating a treatise about the earth and the universe titled Kitab Ghara’ib al-funun wa mulah al-‘ayun, loosely translated as The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eye. The work was composed in Egypt between 1020 and 1050.* The volume comprises two books, the first on the … Continue reading Map of the city of Mahdiyya in The Book of Curiosities and Marvels for the Eye
Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 Excavation work near Old Cairo’s northern gate in the Gamaliya district could have revealed a segment of the original Fatimid wall. Antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that if studies confirm the wall dates back to the Fatimid Caliphate (909 – 1171 AD) it will constitute an important discovery. Eldamaty said the whole original wall could feasibly be … Continue reading Original Fatimid wall possibly uncovered in Old Cairo
Among the highlights of the current Wilkes & Curtis auction is a Fatimid gold dinar from the reign of the Caliph al-Hakim (AD996-1021). Struck at the Atrablus mint in Lebanon, it is dated 393h (c.1003AD) – a previously unrecorded date for a dinar from this mint – making it a highly rare example of this coin. Continue reading “Unrecorded Fatimid gold dinar of Imam/Caliph al-Hakim emerges”
On August 27, 909** Imam al-Mahdi was publicly proclaimed as caliph in Sijilmasa (near modern-day Rissani in Morocco), North Africa, founding the Fatimid Caliphate, which began the ‘golden age’ of Ismaili thought and literature, and one of the greatest eras in Islamic and Egyptian history.** Fatimid history is generally divided into two phases. The initial phase, commonly designated as the North African phase, lasted for over … Continue reading Today in history: Imam al-Mahdi was declared caliph, marking the founding of the Fatimid Caliphate
1. Introduction “We ought not to be ashamed of appreciating the truth and of acquiring it wherever it comes from, even if it comes from races distant and nations different from us…” –Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqūb ibn Isḥāq al-Kindī (c. 800-866) These words, uttered by one of the greatest Islamic philosophers within the medieval period, speak volumes. His statement appears as a calling; a calling to … Continue reading Nadim Pabani: The Intellectual Tradition of Shia Ismāʿīlī Islam: The Fatimids and their Approaches to Knowledge