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Introduction

Shafique N. Virani

in The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, a Search for Salvation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195311730
eISBN:
9780199785490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311730.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Shi'i Muslims believe that by divine decree, at a place called Ghadir Khumm, the Prophet Muhammad declared his cousin and son-in-law 'Ali as his successor, and the first in a lineage of Imams to whom ... More


Conclusions

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This book has looked at women belonging to and living under medieval Islamic dynasties by comprehensively covering women under the Fatimid dynasty. To this dynasty were linked those women who, on ... More


Alexandria

Raymond P. Scheindlin

in Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi’s Pilgrimage

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195315424
eISBN:
9780199872039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315424.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Geniza letters and Halevi’s panegyric poems describe his arrival, together with Isaac Ibn Ezra and another companion, in Alexandria; his activities there; the many people who wanted to host him; and ... More


The Fatimid Age: Dawla and Da῾wa

Farhad Daftary

in A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748609048
eISBN:
9780748671281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter covers the ‘golden age’ of Ismailism, when the Ismailis had a major state of their own and they made important contributions to Islamic thought and culture. After covering the background ... More


Introduction

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

A considerable number of medieval non-Isma'ili literary works, as well as documentary, epigraphic, artistic and archaeological sources, shed light on most aspects relating to the history of the ... More


Family Ties: Women and Genealogy In Fatimid Dynastic History

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

‘To our mothers we owe half of our lineage’. This affectionate and respectful laude by the famous Fatimid court poet Ibn Hani' al-Andalusi (d. 362/973) echoes the virtues and importance of the most ... More


Women of Substance in the Fatimid Courts

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Islam

There was evidence of women as noticeable recipients of wealth and riches during the Egyptian phase of the Fatimid dynasty. Women and male relatives of the early imam-caliphs were fully dependent ... More


Outside the Palace Walls: Daily Life

Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini

in Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617326
eISBN:
9780748671366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617326.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam

For almost a century following the foundation of Cairo, Egypt enjoyed a period of economic prosperity that, coupled with political and administrative stability, contributed, notwithstanding a broader ... More


Introduction

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0001
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

The introduction describes briefly the general format and contents of the manuscript, as well as its title. The name of the author remains unknown. After its acquisition in 2002 by the Bodleian ... More


Ports, Gates, Palaces: Drawing Fatimid Power on the Island-City Maps

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0006
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

This chapter discusses the representation of urban spaces and political power in the maps of the island of Sicily, the port cities of Mahdia in modern Tunisia and Tinnis in the Nile Delta. The three ... More


The Fatimid Mediterranean

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

This chapter considers the contribution of the Book of Curiosities to our conceptualisation of the medieval Mediterranean as a shared maritime space. The Book of Curiosities is a rare example of a ... More


A Musk Road to China

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

The maps of the Book of Curiosities demonstrate the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean, and of the tenth-century Ismaʿili emirates in Sind, to the global ambitions of the Fatimid empire. The ... More


Down the African Coast, from Aden to the Island of the Crocodile

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0009
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

The map of the Indian Ocean in the Book of Curiosities shows the Gulf of Aden as a gateway to the ports and islands of the East Africa, known today as the Swahili coast. Fatimid commercial relations ... More


Conclusion: Maps, Seas, and the Ismaʿili Mission

Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith

in Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226540887
eISBN:
9780226553405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226553405.003.0011
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cartography

The conclusion concentrates upon the relationship of the Book of Curiosities to the wider Fatimid Egyptian intellectual milieu in which the author operated and the Ismaʿili missionary network of ... More


Protector of the “al-Wasatiyya” Islam: Cairo’s al-Azhar University

Masooda Bano

in Shaping Global Islamic Discourses: The Role of al-Azhar, al-Medina and al-Mustafa

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748696857
eISBN:
9781474412247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696857.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter illustrates how al Azhar, established by the Shi'i Fatimid empire in 970, was eventually to become one of the most respected centres for Sunni Islamic learning around the globe. It shows ... More


Caliph of Cairo: Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021

Paul E. Walker

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163289
eISBN:
9781617970207
Item type:
book
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

One night in the year 411/1021, the powerful ruler of Fatimid Cairo, al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, rode out of the southern gates of his city and was never seen again. Was the caliph murdered, or could he ... More


The Father, the Dynasty, Childhood and Regency

Paul E. Walker

in Caliph of Cairo: Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774163289
eISBN:
9781617970207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The death of one Fatimid caliph and the succession of the next would have been kept secret until the situation had been tested and any potentially disturbing factors were brought under control. It is ... More


Cycles of Decline and Revival

Peter Sheehan

in Babylon of Egypt: The Archaeology of Old Cairo and the Origins of the City

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774162992
eISBN:
9781936190072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774162992.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

By the end of eleventh century, large areas of al-Fustat were abandoned due to the disasters suffered by the Egyptian capital in the long reign of Fatimid caliph al-Mustansir. The further abandonment ... More


Environmental Disasters and Political Dominance in Shared Festivals and Intercessions among Medieval Muslims, Christians, and Jews

Alexandra Cuffel

in Muslims and Others in Sacred Space

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199925049
eISBN:
9780199980468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925049.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Shared festivals and intercessory processions by medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Egypt, the Levant, al-Andalus and the Maghrib challenged both communal and gender boundaries while at the ... More


To Temper an Imminent Eschatology: The Contributions of al-Mahdī and Qāḍī l-Nuʿmān

Jamel A. Velji

in An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748690886
eISBN:
9781474427104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748690886.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Chapter five focuses on the ways in which the first Fatimid caliph al-Mahdi and the most important ideologue of the Fatimid State, Qāḍī l-Nuʿmān, reinterpreted the identity of the eschatological ... More


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