The Institute of Ismaili Studies Co-Sponsors Conference on Fatimids and Umayyads

Dr Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga presenting to the delegates at the Fatimids and Umayyads Conference. On 23rd-25th September 2016, the Institute hosted a conference entitled Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates(link is external), in association with five European academic institutions.* Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates is a pioneering collaborative initiative bringing together text-based scholars and object-based scholars to…

On Legal Debates, Ismaili Hermeneutics and the Etiquette of Borrowing in the Fatimid Empire: An Interview with Devin Stewart on al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān — Simerg com

“…In the Ismaili tradition, al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān is the most famous author…He debated this Ḥanafī jurist about ijtihād and thought that he’d won, and then he heard afterwards that the man had written a fascicle still arguing his point against al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān. So then he thought: I really need to write a serious refutation to put an…

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

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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…

In Brief: Little Known Facts From Ismaili History – (I) The Imitation of Fatimid Gold Coins in Christian Kingdoms – Simerg com

BRIEF FACTS FROM ISMAILI HISTORY “In the twelfth century the gold dinars of the Fatimid caliphs of Egypt were so highly valued throughout the Middle East, especially by Syrian merchants, that the Christian kingdoms founded in Palestine by the Crusaders began to issue imitations of them. These imitations, the so-called “Saracenic besants”, were clumsily produced…

Digitizing of Millenaire de la Mosquee-Universite d’el Azhar, 359 H.-1359 H — The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT is pleased to announce that a fully digitized copy of Seddik Shihab al-Din, Millenaire de la Mosquee-Universite d’el Azhar, 359 H.-1359 H. (1940). Travaux d’Urbanisme en Cette Occasion par Seddik Chihab el Dine (Le Caire: Imprimerie Nationale, Boulac, [1936]), is available in the Archnet Digital Library. Originally produced…

Fatimid Gold Coins found in ruins – Ismaili Mail

Tel Aviv University uncovers trove of gold coins in 13th century castle A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University has uncovered a hoard of real-life buried treasure at the Crusader castle of Arsur (also known as Apollonia), a stronghold located between the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, in use from 1241 to its…

View the collections of Islamic art objects from Fatimid, Ayubbid, Mamluk, Ottoman and other Islamic periods which are displayed in four UK Museums at MWNF website

Some objects from Edinburgh National Museums Scotland Edinburgh National Museums Scotland The collections of the National Museums of Scotland (NMS) were built up over more than two centuries. Initially they were cared for by two separate institutions, the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, with its origins in the foundation in 1780 of the Society…

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….

The Fountain Pen and its Fatimid Origins – Compiled by Simerg

All inventions have historical origins and evolve with time and new technologies. Such is also the case with modern day pens which now come in different colours, sizes, shapes, brands, and collection. The desire to write as well as paint can be traced back to the very old days of human history. Caves found by…