“Cairo’s House of Knowledge” — By Tom Verde on Aramco World com | On Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim who established Dar al-‘Ilm on March 24, 1005

On March 24, 1005, a man reputed for madness came to his senses long enough to establish one of the most progressive and influential academic institutions of the Middle Ages. “On this Saturday … the so-called House of Knowledge in Cairo was inaugurated,” wrote the chronicler al-Musabbihi, a friend of the new institution’s founder, Caliph…

Videos: “The World of the Fatimids" | Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Dr. Farhad Daftary, An Empire of Enlightenment and A Day of Exploration —- Aga Khan Museum

Look and listen as Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs at the Aga Khan Museum, offers insights into the origins, aspirations, and cultural achievements of the Fatimid dynasty. Learn more about the Museum’s “The World of the Fatimids” exhibition at agakhanmuseum.org/fatimids “The World of the Fatimids”: Spiritual Foundations of the Fatimids On…

The Art Lovers Who Founded Cairo —By Melik Kaylan on Wall Street Journal com | Also Featured Video on the ‘Fatimids Exhibition’ at Aga khan Museum

The Fatimids created the first alternative Muslim empire to fully challenge the orthodox Sunni Caliphate and ran a highly civilized, assiduously cultured and tolerant outfit. Kohl Container of rock crystal from Egypt (12th century) PHOTO: MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, CAIRO Toronto In early Islamic history the Fatimids (909-1171) created the first alternative Muslim empire to…

Guardians of Thrones: When women ruled the Muslim world | Qantara.de

Originally posted on Ismailimail:
The ancient East knew many female leaders who were successful rulers of kingdoms, yet authority in the Islamic world was the exclusive preserve of men. Sons, brothers and grandsons were the only ones with a recognised right to inherit power. Nevertheless, Islamic history is riddled with severe crises that threatened to…

Triumphal Moments in Ismaili History: Jawhar’s Conquest of Egypt and Imam al-Muizz’s Resplendent Darbar in Cairo — by Mansoor Ladha

“I WISH I’D BEEN THERE”   1970: Mansoor Ladha, veteran award winning journalist, writer and author, interviewing His Highness the Aga Khan for Tanzania’s daily, The Standard (now Daily News). Photo: Mansoor Ladha Collection. Copyright. BY MANSOOR LADHA As a journalist, a writer and an author, what better time to be than reporting milestones and…

Videos of opening of Blue Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

Ceremony of Opening of the Blue Mosque in Presense of Hazir Imam and Governor of Cairo Speeches by HH The Aga Khan and the Governor of Cairo in Blue Mosque opening ceremony HH the Aga Khan Hazir Imam meets with the Governor of Aswan HH The Aga Khan and Minister of Culture of Egypt Inaugurate…

Aga Khan Development Network Egypt Documentary video

PPFmediaproductions Published on 15 Apr 2014 A documentary for the Aga Khan Development Network, Egypt Directed by Rami Jabbar – A Picture Perfect Films Production 2014 Category Non-profits & Activism Licence Standard YouTube Licence ->>>>><<<<<-

‘Gleaming’ Trove of 2,000 Gold Coins Found Off Israel Coast — Forward com on Some 2,000 coins dated to the 11th century, a period when the Fatimid Islamic dynasty dominated the Middle East

Rare Haul of 11th Century Arabic Ducats From Shipwreck getty images ‘Gleaming’ Find: Archeologist shows off gold coin recovered from a shipwreck off the Israeli coast. (Reuters) — Scuba divers have discovered a rare haul of gleaming 1,000-year-old gold coins inscribed in Arabic on the sea bed off Israel, a find archaeologists say may shed…

Eagle’s Nest: Ismaili Castles of Iran and Syria the research book by Major Peter Willey who under took more than 20 expeditions for his research on the Ismaili state, which last from 1090 until its final collapse in 1273 in Syria (1258 in Iran) — Read about this book, listen to the interview and more

Eagle’s Nest: Ismaili Castles of Iran and Syria – By Major Peter Willey Major Peter Willey This work is the culmination of more than 20 expeditions (spanning the past 40 years) made by the writer to the Nizari Ismaili castles  According to the author the Ismailis were highly skilled water engineers, as well as showing…

Hadith in Ismailism — By Ismail K. Poonawala on Ismaili Web Amaana

Hadith in Ismailism Hadith in Ismailism By Ismail K. Poonawala Ismaʿilis had neither a Hadith collection of their own nor a distinct Ismaʿili law before the establishment of the Fatimid dynasty in North Africa in 297/909. As Ismaʿili law began taking definite shape under the patronage of the Fatimid caliphs, the need for a separate…

The Battle for Control of Al-Azhar — by Khairi Abaza on Fikra Forum org

May 15, 2013 by Khairi Ab In the wake of the crisis between radical Islamists and Copts during the Coptic Easter, another major religious crisis has been unfolding in Egypt. Al-Azhar, one of the world’s most respected institutions of religious learning for Sunni Muslims, is on a collision course with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and…