This first-person article adds additional context to the journey Rizwan Mawani, author of Beyond the Mosque, undertook to better understand the diversity of traditions and practices across 16 different countries.
The second publication in the Institute’s new World of Islam series, Beyond the Mosque: Diverse Spaces of Muslim Worship, is a first person exploration of sacred spaces across the breadth of the Muslim world.
Explore a photo album featuring diverse historical and contemporary Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering that reflect the rich intellectual, cultural, spiritual and institutional pluralism of the worldwide Muslim community, Umma.Let us know what you think here.
This map shows how, in the second half of the 10th century CE, the Fatimid state had transformed from a North African regional power to a Mediterranean empire extending from the present-day Morocco to Sicily, Palestine and Syria.
In the mid-twelfth century, the head of Imam al-Husayn was reinterred from Damascus in Cairo near the Great Eastern Palace of the Fatimid Imam-caliphs, close to the graves of other caliphs whose remains the Fatimids had brought with them when they transferred their centre of rule from Ifriqiyya to their new city of Cairo.
The public proclamation of Abd Allah al-Mahdi as the first Fatimid Imam-caliph marked the formal inception of Fatimid rule in North Africa, from where the subsequent three Imam-caliphs would rule for sixty-four years.