“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…

Fatimid Imam al-Mu’izz: “I have responsibility… as your Imam…My concern…lies…in what protects your lives, makes your lands prosper…”- — Nimiras Blog

Named after the Prophet’s daughter, the Fatimids established their empire in 909 in North Africa when Imam al-Mahdi was proclaimed Caliph. The Fatimid Caliphate remained in North Africa during the reign of Imams al-Mahdi (r. 909-934), al-Qa‘im (r. 934-946), and al-Mansur (r. 946-953). In 973, Imam al-Mu’izz (r. 953-975) transferred the capital of the empire…

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…

A young Muslim walking here in the 22nd century will be able to feel the pull of his or her own history – Aga Khan, Cairo

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Amir Aqsunqur Mosque, Cairo — AKDN org Side of the opening:  Photo courtesy,  The Cairo Post com –02 May 2015   Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim Your Excellency the Minister of Antiquities, Your Excellency, the Governor of Cairo, Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and…

The “Blue Mosque” of Cairo Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Inauguration of the restoration of the “Blue Mosque” in Cairo. Photo: AKTC/Gary Otte Please also see: Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan Cairo, 2 May 2015 – Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as part of the…