Nimira’s Blog: The Fatimids, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ancestors, promoted an infectious book culture

Named after the Prophet’s daughter, the Fatimids – Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ancestors – ruled over various parts of the Islamic world from 909 to 1171, Fatimid rule was founded in North Africa by Imam al-Mahdi. The fourth Fatimid Caliph, Imam al-Mu’izz transferred the seat to the newly founded city that Imam had designed. In Cairo, the Fatimids promoted intellectual activities, founding major institutions of learning and libraries.

The prestigious Mosque-University of Al-Azhar was built upon the orders of the Fatimid caliph Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah by architect Gawhar Al-Seqeli, who built the then Fatimid Empire’s new capital of Al-Qahera (the Triumphant), today the heart of Islamic Cairo.

Through their efforts, Cairo became a major centre of Islamic scholarship, sciences, art and culture, in addition to playing a prominent role in international trade and commerce. In Fatimid Egypt, the book trade played an important role in facilitating intellectual interaction.

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Nimira’s Blog (Nimira Dewji) comprises short articles on Ismaili history and various topics of Muslim civilisations including art, architecture, devotional and other literature, and quotes by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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