Scholars Paul Walker, Fahmida Suleman, and Shainool Jiwa to present on Fatimid Period at the Middle East Studies Association Conference, December 2011

Ismaili Doctrinal Works from the Fatimid Period: How Much Have We Now Recovered? By Paul E. Walker

Abstract: For far too long Ismaili doctrinal writings produced by its da’wa in the Fatimid period remained largely inaccessible, even after Ivanow and Poonawala published detailed lists of what might exist. The situation is now, however, not nearly so dire thanks in part to the efforts of the Ismaili Institute in London and of a growing number of scholars in this field. –More

Princes, potters and pioneers: the art and material culture of the Fatimid period. By Fahmida Suleman

Abstract: In the year 1998 we witnessed a renaissance in the study of Fatimid art and architecture as a result of the Paris conference, “L’Egypte fatimide: son art et son histoire”, the accompanying exhibitions on Fatimid art in Paris and Vienna and the publication of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of Fatimid art. But what has happened since? How has the field moved forward and are younger scholars interested in the subject? –More

History in the Making: Reviewing the study of Fatimid History. By Shainool Jiwa

Abstract: The history of the Fatimids is as vast and varied as the geographical span of their empire (909-1171) and the social, religious and ethnographic diversity of its people. While Fatimid rule began in North Africa and expanded to Egypt and parts of Syria, its influence over the course of its two and a half century rule radiated across Iraq, Iran, India, Hijaz and Yemen. Yet, for a variety of reasons including their ideological marginalisation, the Fatimids remain relatively understudied in comparison to their peer dynasties such as the Abbasids and the Umayyads of Spain, as well as the successor dynasties in Egypt such as the Ayyubids and the Mamluks. –More

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