Unformatted text preview: the seventh, Isma‘il, hence their name. Fatimid Dynasty (909-1171): An Islma‘ili dynasty whose founder claimed descent from Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad and wife of Ali. The Fatimids established a counter-caliphate to that of the Abbasids. Al-Qahira (“the victorious”): The new capital city of Egypt established by the Fatimids upon their conquest of the region in 969. Muqarnas : One of the most distinctive architectural elements of Islamic architecture, sometimes referred to as stalactite pendentives or honeycomb vaults. Main Buildings: • Cairo Walls, Fatimid Palaces and the Walls of Cairo ca. 11 th century • Mosque of Al-Hakim, 990-1003 • Al-Aqmar Mosque, c. 1125...
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- Fall '09
- Islam, Ali, Cairo, Fatimid Style Major