This field-based course offers a unique opportunity to learn about Fatimid history, culture and architectural heritage, as well as experience some of the major developments shaping present-day Tunisia. The course, taking place in Tunisia, will include interactive guided tours and presentations over five days. The programme will be led by specialist faculty from the IIS and field specialists in Tunisia. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the key Fatimid monuments in Mahdiyya, the first purpose-built Fatimid capital city, and its surrounding regions. They will also learn about the dynamics that led to the founding of the Fatimids as a 10th-Century Mediterranean empire which flourished for over two centuries (909-1171 CE) across large areas of the Muslim world.
Dr Shainool Jiwa is the Head of Constituency Studies and a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Department of Community Relations from 2005 to 2012. She was also the founding coordinator of the Qur’anic Studies Project at the IIS (2002-2005).