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Attend: Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates (23-25 September: London)

The Instiute of Isma’ili Studies at 210 Euston Rd., London NW1 2DA, will host a workshop titled, “Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates,” on 23-25 September 2016.

Relations between the Fatimid caliphate and its neighbour and opponent, the Umayyad caliphate of al-Andalus constitute a field of study that merits careful and extensive consideration. Scholarship has tended to study both dynasties separately and the existing entanglements between the two caliphates have been noted, albeit briefly, in a number of academic publications.
The very few studies that have made a comparative and detailed exploration of the documentary and material evidence have suggested that conflict and rivalry did not override the cross- currents that operated across Fatimid and Umayyad landscapes. These studies have provided indications of the potential as to how the two caliphates could be better understood in relation to each other.
Taking its cue from all this, the project Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates endeavours to place both dynasties in context by creating an academic forum in which to reflect upon and illustrate the processes and mechanisms of interaction, and also to explore and problematise the existence of crosspollination. Various scenarios (historical, social, intellectual, economic, legal, theological, religious, cultural, technical, visual, and artistic) are considered in order to assess affinities, as well as discrepancies, connections and contrasts with regard to how these shaped the Fatimid impact on Umayyad dominions and vice versa.
To this end, the contributors’ workshop and the subsequent publication of the proceedings have been conceived as a truly collaborative and comparative undertaking. Interactions between domains that have tended to be separately compartmentalised are put into perspective, and the exchange and circulation of ideas, people, practices, objects, resources and styles are discussed as presented by textual sources and epitomised by the extant arts and material culture.
Fatimids and Umayyads: Competing Caliphates addresses the comparative study of the two dynasties with an analytical and interdisciplinary approach to make state of the art research accessible to a variety of academic constituencies. Students can learn in an appealing and contextualised manner about the importance of the two caliphates, their institutions, societies, individuals and their cultural output inter alia within their cosmopolitan and pluralistic environment.

Program
Friday 23 September

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 Walker, University of Chicago
• Crossing Words and Swords: Umayyads and 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

Panel Two: Politics, Doctrinal and Social Contexts
• Melchizedek: King and Priest. Caliphal Variations on the Biblical Theme of Religious and Political Authority/ Michel Brett, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
• Social Aspects of the Conflict between Umayyads and Fatimids in North Africa/ Eduardo Manzano, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
• Chair and Discussant: Sara Savant, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khan University, London

• Manuscripts and Coins at the Institute of Ismaili Studies/ Wafi Momin, The Institute of Ismaili Studies Speakers’ Lunch

Session II: Sunni and Shiʿi Thought
Welcoming Remarks: Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

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 Caliphate/ Isabel Toral-Niehof, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
• Chair and Discussant: Carmela Baffioni, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome
Break

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 Walker, University of Chicago

Saturday 24 September
Session III: Caliphal Cities

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 Maghrib 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

Panel Six: Perspectives on Archaeological Finds
• Ideology and Architecture: The Centre of Political Representation of the Umayyad Caliphate/ Antonio Vallejo, 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 Recherche Scientifique, Aix-en- Provance
• Chair and Discussant: Stephane Pradines, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations – Aga Khan University, London

• Virtual Visits to Madinat Al-Zahrāʾ and Cairo Speakers’ Lunch

Session IV: Material Culture and Ideology

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, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

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

Sunday 25 September
Session V: Social and Cultural Encounters

Panel Five: Commercial Exchanges and Trade
• Commercial Exchanges, Maritime Policy and Imperial Construction in the Fatimid Caliphate/ Annliese Nef, Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne and Daniel 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 Collection coin website and Fátima Martín Escudero, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
• Chair and Discussant: Michael Brett, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Panel Six: Individuals and Communities
• The Ibāḍī Communities of the Muslim West, between Fatimids and Umayyads/ Cyrille Aillet, Université Lumière-Lyon 2
• Ibn Hāniʾ al-Andalūsī: 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 Speakers’ Lunch

Concluding Discussion and Publication Brief


Convenor:
Miriam Ali de Unzaga, Visiting Research Fellow, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Academic Committee:
• Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
• Maribel Fierro, Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas (ILC), Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
• Patrice Cressier, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Centre Interuniversitaire d’Histoire et d’Archéologie Médiévales (CIHAM-UMR 5648), Lyon

Sponsoring institutions:
• The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London and
• Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Centre Inter- universitaire d'Histoire et d'Archéologie Médiévales (CIHAM-UMR 5648), Lyon
• Ecole française de Rome
• IInstituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC),
Madrid
• Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y del Oriente Proximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
• Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, UMR 8167) Orient et Méditerranée, Paris

Information: iis.ac.uk

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