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Recycled Fatimid State Documents from the Cairo Geniza

Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds—possibly thousands—of medieval documents of state in Arabic script, including decrees, rescripts, petitions, tax receipts and fiscal accounts from the Fatimid period.

Fatimid State Documents, Serial Recyclers and the Cairo Geniza

Among the many unexpected finds the Cairo Geniza has yielded are hundreds—possibly thousands—of medieval documents of state in Arabic script.

Light through the dark ages: The Arabist contribution to Western ophthalmology

Because blindness was a major cause of morbidity in the medieval Arab world, as is the case in the developing world today, Arabist physicians developed much exposure to ophthalmological conditions, and nearly every major medical work written at the time had a chapter on diseases of the eye.

The Norman Kings of Sicily and the Fatimid Caliphate

The Norman Kings of Sicily and the Fatimid Caliphate By Jeremy Johns Anglo-Norman Studies, Vol.15 (1993) Introduction: The de Hauteville rulers of Sicily were parvenus. Tancred, lord of Hauteville-la-Guischard near Coutances, had owed only ten knights’ service to Duke Robert. It was Tancred’s inability to provide for his twelve sons that drove eleven of them […]

The Fatimid Navy and the Crusades, 1099-1171

During the ninth century and the first half of the tenth century, for example, Muslim navies were very active in the Mediterranean and, on the whole, they were successful.

The Fatimid Failure against the Crusaders at the End of the First Crusade

The Fatimid Failure against the Crusaders at the End of the First Crusade By Jan Vandeburie Carnival, Vol.12 (2010) Introduction: This paper was presented at the ISHA conference 2010 in Helsinki. The theme of the conference, integration throughout history, gave me the opportunity to look at some important events at the end of the First […]

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