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Reflections of the Fatimids

10th May 2000






The Fatimid Epoch is one of the most brilliant and extraordinary periods of Muslim Egypt. The creative vitality of the Fatimid period of history is expressed in monuments of astounding variety and beauty as well as many exquisite objects made from a range of materials from textiles, to rock crystal, wood and ceramic. Today, Fatimid artefacts are found in museums all over the world.
Bronze lion 11th-12th Century, Egypt Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo (From the catalogue of the exhibition Schatze der Kalifen held at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna, Austria.)

The film presents objects in their historical context and is animated by sequences filmed in Egypt. Dr. Shainool Jiwa (who lectures in Fatimid history at The Institute) and Fahmida Suleiman (an IIS doctoral student in Fatimid Art at the University of Oxford) point out the importance of specific pieces. Enlivening the narrative further, are excerpts from literature evocative of the life and times of the Fatimids, maps and specially composed music.


Reflections of the Fatimidsinfo-icon was shown in London, England in May and the film will be launched in major cities around the world later in the year.


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