When the Fatimids Built Cairo A Thousand Years Ago

When the Fatimids Built Cairo A Thousand Years Ago

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…

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Fatimid craftsmen were creative and ingenious

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…

Update on Fatimid Gold Coins, discovered in Israel

Update on Fatimid Caliphate Gold Coins, discovered in Israel

Some updates and additional links from NYTimes, National Geographic and CNN, on previously posted story. Excerpt: A cursory study reveals that the earliest coin from the hoard was minted in Palermo, Sicily, while the majority came from official Fatimid mints in Egypt and other parts of North Africa and date to the reigns of Caliphs…

Treasure includes at least 2,000 gold coins from the Fatimid period, approximately 1,000 years ago. Photo by Clara Amit / Israel Antiquities Authority

Fatimid Era Gold Coin Treasure Discovered Under the Sea

The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Tuesday. A group of divers from the diving club in the harbor reported the find to the IAA whose officials then went with…

Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development: Two latest Books released at the Doha International Book Fair

Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development: Two latest Books released at the Doha International Book Fair

Excerpt: The Doha International Book Fair also saw Fatema Al Sulaiti, Associate Deputy Director for Collection at Qatar Museums launch two of her latest books – Fatimid Woodwork and Architecture Development. Fatimid Woodwork highlights a unique craft and medium of design in the Fatimid Era. It presents examples of the finest Fatimid woodwork of both…

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The Fatimid library was considered a wonder of the world

In the Islamic world, book collections were initially linked to religious collection – in mosques and madrasahs (theological schools) – some mosques had separate rooms for non-religious materials which were often donated by scholars. Large collections of books were also housed in palaces and in the homes of the wealthy. In the year 909, the…

Mosque of al-Aqmar

One Empire, Many Religions: Religion and Society under Fatimid Rule by Shainool Jiwa & Arzina Lalani at World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

The Fatimid empire (909 -1171 CE) became a leading power in the Mediterranean and shaped the “Shi‘i century” of Islam. In historiography, it was often represented as a Shi‘i exception within a predominantly Sunni history of Islam. Its material heritage in monuments and objects offers a broad basis for historical research. Features such as the…

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…