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…

Professor Jeremy Johns of Oxford on “The Magnificent Seven”: The Great Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers Carved for the Fatimid Imams

Introduced by Abdulmalik J. Merchant (Publisher/Editor Simerg) ‘The Magnificent Seven’ In 2008, the same year that the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building was opened by Canada’s Prime Minister Harper in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, a rediscovery of a spectacular medieval Islamic rock crystal ewer, forgotten since the…

IIS Publishes Arabic Critical Edition of al-Maqrizi’s Itti‘az al-hunafa’ – The Institute of Ismaili Studies News

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Itti‘az al-hunafa’ bi-akhbar al-a’imma al-Fatimiyyin al-khulafa’(Lessons for the Seekers of Truth on the History of the Fatimid Imams and Caliphs) by the great Mamluk-era historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (d.1442 CE).  The Itti‘az is perhaps the most important single primary source for the history of the Fatimids….

Ismaili Dawa and Politics in Fatimid Egypt – by By Hatim Mahamid

Source: Simerg com ***** By Hatim Mahamid ABSTRACT This paper will discuss the mutual influence between politics and the Isma‘ili da‘wa, particularly after the establishment of the Fatimid government in Egypt. Some questions arise at this point, such as: (1) ‘what were the circumstances that influenced the developments in the role of the da‘wa?’ and…

GPISH Students Visit Egypt and Syria – The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Students from the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH), Class of 2012, went on educational trips to Egypt and Syria during the summer. These visits provided the students with an opportunity to better understand the past and present dynamism of Muslim societies, including the Ismailis, in these regions. In Cairo, the students…

The Center For Middle Eastern Studies At The University Of Chicago Publishes ‘Ismaili And Fatimid Studies In Honour Of Paul Walker’ – Easy Nash

The Center For Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago has published a book ‘Ismaili And Fatimid Studies In Honour Of Paul Walker’ ***** http://chicagostudiesonthemiddleeast.uchicago.edu/pwalker.html http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/chicago-studies-on-the-middle-east-ismaili-and-fatimid-studies-in-honor-of-paul-e-walker/  Contents: Hidden Imams and Mahdis in Ismaili History by Farhad Daftary Kawn al-‘Alam: The cosmogony of the Isma’ili da’i Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Nasafi by Wilferd Madelung Maqriziana XII….

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, by Heba Fatteen Bizzari

Source: Tour Egypt Net ***** The Al-Azhar Park is important for tourists to Egypt because this hilly site is surrounded by the most significant historic districts of Islamic Cairo. This is one of the primary destinations for many visitors to the city, and this new park located in its heart provides many advantages, including a…

Egypt’s present-day Shias live on Fatimid legacy

Source: Simerg.com ***** By Raghda El-Halawany Special to the Daily News Egypt. Copyright. It is hard to miss the Fatimid legacy that is apparent on the streets of Cairo. Many of this era’s traditions are still practiced. Shia practices such as celebrating Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawy and Ashura are still common among Egyptians today Shia numbers in Egypt…