“….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
Works of art have made up the visual landscape of Islamic societies for fourteen centuries. Decorations on religious buildings and artwork, particularly those associated with the Shi’i interpretation of Islam, often reflected doctrinal affiliations. The Fatimid dynasty developed a distinctive visual language, prominently displaying their doctrines. The role and significance of the Fatimid Imams were reflected in their architecture and artistic products. The Mosque of Caliph-Imam al-Hakim … Continue reading Fatimid decorative art reflected their doctrines
Simerg’s latest post is dedicated to Fatimid ewers. First, Aliza Moledina introduces the art of Fatimid rock crystals followed by a link to an extraordinary video presentation by Jeremy Johns, who with his colleague has used the traditional techniques of stylistic analysis and has returned to the written sources for the production and life histories of the Fatimid ewers. The re-examination of all of the … Continue reading “The Magnificent Seven” – The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams
“In our excavations and our historical investigations, I constantly have been reminded that we were touching the very foundations of my ancestors, the Fatimids, and the pluralistic history and intellectual profile of this city and this country to which they contributed so profoundly. I am very humbled by the opportunity to return to Cairo, founded over a thousand years ago by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Muiz, … Continue reading Impact & Relevance: Legacy of the Fatimids
In June 973 (Ramadan 362) the Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mu’izz transferred the seat of the Fatimid Caliphate to Cairo, Egypt, which they had conquered in 969. Imam al-Mu’izz took the coffins of his predecessors with him to Cairo.* This marked the end of the North African phase of Fatimid history which had begun in 909 when Imam al-Mahdi was proclaimed as Caliph in Tunisia. During their … Continue reading The Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Mu’izz transferred the dynasty’s capital to Cairo, a city he founded
One of the World’s Leading Islamic Art Collections to Go On View at the Dallas Museum of Art
DMA Exhibition Marks First North American Presentation of Rarely Exhibited Keir Collection
Keir Collection Arrives at DMA on 15-Year Loan, Transforming Museum’s Islamic Art Holdings Into Third Largest in North America
Dallas, TX—May 28, 2015—This fall, The Dallas Museum of Art will mount an exhibition of works from the Keir Collection, one of the world’s most significant private collections of Islamic art. Opening on September 18, Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art will showcase more than 50 masterworks from the Keir Collection, which is arriving in Dallas this year on a 15-year loan to the DMA. The exhibition marks the first time that any of the featured works have been exhibited in North America.
Assembled over the course of five decades by the noted art collector Edmund de Unger (1918–2011), the Keir Collection is recognized by scholars as one of the most geographically and historically comprehensive of its kind, encompassing almost 2,000 works spanning three continents and 13 centuries of Islamic cultural production. The collection includes works in a wide range of media, from rock crystal to metalworks, ceramics, textiles, carpets, and works on paper. When it arrives at the DMA later this year, the Keir Collection will transform the Museum’s Islamic art holdings into the third largest in North America.
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). Continue reading “The Dallas Museum of Art to host first North American presentation of rarely exhibited Keir Collection in “Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces of the Islamic Art””
A short video showing the 20-year gestation and creation of Al-Azhar park, a 30 hectare (74-acre) “green lung” built by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture on top of a rubble dump. Be the First to Know – Join Ismailimail Get breaking news related to the Ismaili Imamat, the world wide Ismaili Muslim community and all their creativity, endeavors and successes. Inspired? Share the story … Continue reading When the Fatimids Built Cairo A Thousand Years Ago
The Israel Authority hosted a ceremony at the Nabi Shu’ayb shrine in the Galilee on Monday honoring the six Israeli divers who last February in Caesarea found and turned in the largest cache of gold coins ever discovered in Israel. The long-lost treasure was found on the seabed in the ancient harbor of Caesarea – today a national underwater archeological park – by a group … Continue reading The Israel Antiquities Authority honors six divers who recovered Fatimid treasure off Caesarea coast
In the year 909, the Fatimid Imam al-Mahdi was proclaimed as caliph in present-day Tunisia, founding the Fatimid reign. In 969, the Caliph Al-Mu’izz conquered Egypt, founding the city of Cairo, where he transferred his capital in 973. Named after the Prophet’s daughter, the reign of the Fatimids Caliph-Imams for almost two centuries is often referred to as a ‘golden age’ in Ismaili history. The Fatimids … Continue reading Fatimid craftsmen were creative and ingenious