‘Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates’ Conference

Venue: The Institute of Ismaili Studies (Londres)

Convenor: Miriam Ali de Unzaga, Visiting Research Fellow (The Institute of Ismaili Studies)

Relations between the Fatimid caliphate and its neighbour and opponent, the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus constitute a field of study that merits careful and extensive consideration. Scholarship has tended to study both dynasties separately and the existing entanglements between the two caliphates have been noted, albeit briefly, in a number of academic publications.

Taking its cue from all this, the project Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates endeavours to place both dynasties in context by creating an academic forum in which to reflect upon and illustrate the processes and mechanisms of interaction, and also to explore and problematise the existence of crosspollination. Various scenarios (historical, social, intellectual, economic, legal, theological, religious, cultural, technical, visual, and artistic) are considered in order to assess affinities, as well as discrepancies, connections and contrasts with regard to how these shaped the Fatimid impact on Umayyad dominions and vice versa.

Academic Committee:
Farhad Daftary, (The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
Maribel Fierro (ILC-CSIC, Madrid)
Patrice Cressier (CNRS, Centre Interuniversitaire d’Histoire et d’Archéologie Médiévales CIHAM-UMR 5648, Lyon)

Sponsoring institutions: The Institute of Ismaili Studies,  Centre Inter-universitaire d'Histoire et d'Archéologie Médiévales (CIHAM-UMR 5648 CNRS), Ecole française de Rome, Instituto de Historia (IH-CSIC), Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y del Oriente Proximo (ILC-CSIC), Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, UMR 8167) Orient et Méditerranée

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