Fatimids and Umayyads - Conference webcast

Day one of the Fatimidsinfo-icon and Umayyadsinfo-icon conference being held at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London is being webcast, fo those unable to attend in person.

You can access the live webcast of conference proceedings as they happen, here

Please note, that the webcast will only be active during the time when sessions are being held, please refer to the schedule below for timings.


9:00 - 9:30

Welcome and Opening remarks: Miriam Ali de Unzaga

Session I: Political History


Panel One: Authority and Articulation of Political Power


Fatimid Portrayals of the Umayyads in Official Pronouncements and in the Daʿwa Literature

Paul E. Walker, University of Chicago

Crossing Words and Swords: Umayyads and Ismaili caliphs in North Africa (from 909) and later in Egypt (973–1171), who claimed descent from the Prophet Muhammad through ‘Ali and derived their name from the Prophet's daughter, Fatima. ">Fatimids 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


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 Khan 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 Caliphate 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-Bayt in the ʿIqd al-Farīd. Some Considerations about its Connection to the Neo-Umayyad Discourse of the Caliphateinfo-icon
Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
  Chair and Discussant: Carmela Baffioni, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

16:00 - 16:30


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


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