Fatimids and Umayyads : Conference Programme

Programme (all panels are followed by a chaired discussion)

Day 1: 23rd of September

Day 2: 24th of September

Day 3: 25th of September

 

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome and Opening remarks: Miriam Ali de Unzaga

Session I: Political History

9:30–11:00

Panel One: Authority and Articulation of Political Power

 

Fatimid Portrayals of the Umayyadsinfo-icon in Official Pronouncements and in the Daʿwa Literature

Paul E. Walker, University of Chicago

 
Crossing Words and Swords: Umayyads and Fatimidsinfo-icon in the 10th Century
 
Maribel Fierro, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
  Chair and Discussant: Hugh Kennedy, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

11:00 – 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

Panel Two: Politics, Doctrinal and Social Contexts

 
Melchizedek: King and Priest. Caliphal Variations on the Biblical Theme of Religious and Political Authority
Michael Brett, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
 
Social Aspects of the Conflict between Umayyads and Fatimids in North Africa
Eduardo Manzano, Moreno Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
  Chair and Discussant: Sarah Savant, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khaninfo-icon University, London

13:00 - 13:30

Manuscripts and Coins at the Institute of Ismaili Studies
Wafi Momin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
13:30 - 14:30

Speakers' Lunch

Session II: Sunni and Shiʿi Thought

Welcoming Remarks: Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

14:30 - 16:00 Panel Three: Discourses and Counter-Discourses
 
The Fatimid Attitude toward the Umayyad Caliphateinfo-icon Reflected in the Sermons of Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Shīʿī and the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ
Wilferd Madelung, University of Oxford
 
The Portrayal of the Prophet and the Ahl al-Baytinfo-icon in the ʿIqd al-Farīd. Some Considerations about its Connection to the Neo-Umayyad Discourse of the Caliphate
Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
  Chair and Discussant: Carmela Baffioni, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

16:00 - 16:30

Break

16:30 - 18:00 Panel Four: Schools of Law
 
The Debate about mutʿa and Ismaili Doctrine
Agostino Cilardo, Università degli studi di Napoli L'Orientale
 
Implications of Fatimid Rule in the Evolution of the Mālikī School
Nejmeddine Hentati, Université ez-Zitouna, Tunis
  Chair and Discussant: Paul E. Walker, University of Chicago

 

 

 

 

9:00–10:30

Panel Five: Architecture and Court Culture

 

Gilded Swords, Silken Fabrics, High Taxes, City Building and the Allegiance of the Berbers: The                                                                 Umayyad–Fatimid Contest in the Maghribinfo-icon during the 10th Century

Xavier Ballestín, Universitat de Barcelona

 
Concept, Function and Usage of the Fatimid (and Umayyad) Caliphal Palaces in the Islamic West
Patrice Cressier, Centre Inter-universitaire d'Histoire et d'Archéologie Médiévales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon
  Chair and Discussant: Mohammed Hamdouni Alami, University of California, Berkeley
10:30–11:00 Break

11:00–12:30

Panel Six: Perspectives on Archaeological Finds

 
Ideology and Architecture: The Centre of Political Representation of the Umayyad Caliphate
Antonio Vallejo, Triano Museo de Córdoba
 
al-Qarāfa al-Kubrā, where Fatimids were Laid to Rest
Roland Pierre Gayraud, Laboratoire d’ Archéologie Médiévale et Moderne en Méditerranée, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Aix-en-Provance
  Chair and Discussant: Stephane Pradines, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khan University, London
12:30-13:00 Virtual Visits to Madinat Al-Zahrāʾ and Cairo
13:00–14:00 Speakers' Lunch
Session IV: Material Culture and Ideology

14:00–15:30

 Panel Seven: Objects and Ideology

 
Multiple Identities: The Pisa Griffin and Fatimid and Umayyad Metalwork
Anna Contadini, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
 
The Agency of Fatimid and Umayyad Textiles in the Visual Construction of Ideology and Power
Miriam Ali de Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
 
 
Chair and Discussant: Eduardo Manzano, Moreno Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
15:30–16:00 Break
16:00–17:30 Panel Eight: Epigraphy and Ideology
 
On the Fatimid Kufic from Ifrīqiya: Definition and Context
Lotfi Abdeljaouad, Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunis
 
The Epigraphy of Madīnat al-Zahrāʾ in the Context of the Rivalry between the Fatimid and the Umayyad Caliphates
María Antonia Martínez Núñez, Universidad de Málaga
  Chair and Discussant: Doris Behrens-Abouseif, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

 

 

 

 

 
Session V: Social and Cultural Encounters
9:00–10:30 Panel Nine: Commercial Exchanges and Trade
 
Commercial Exchanges, Maritime Policy and Imperial Construction in the Fatimid Caliphate
Annliese Nef, Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne and David Bramoullé, Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès
 
The Early Coinage of the Fatimids of Ifrīqiya and the Umayyads of Cordoba: A Comparative Study
Tawfiq Ibrahim, al-Andalus-Tonegawa coin website and Fátima Martín Escudero, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
  Chair and Discussant: Michael Brett, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
10:30–10:45 Break
10:45–12:50 Panel Ten: Individuals and Communities
 
The Ibāḍī Communities of the Muslim West, between Fatimids and Umayyads
Cyrille Aillet, Université Lumière-Lyon 2
 
Ibn Hāniʾ al-Andalusī: Arab Ismailis as Interlocutors in the Fatimid–Umayyad Rivalry
Shainool Jiwa, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
 
Title TBA
Marina Rustow, Princeton University
  Chair and Discussant: Delia Cortese, Middlesex University
12:50–13:30 Speakers' Lunch
13:30–14:30 Concluding Discussion and Publication Brief