Aims of the programme

  • Expose participants to the rich intellectual and architectural heritage of the Ismailis during the Fatimid period and germinate an understanding of the role of art, architecture and literature in the shaping of Muslim civilisations, historically and in present times.
  • Initiate an experiential and informed understanding of a major period and region that is significant in Ismaili history, while also gleaning the key challenges and opportunities that prevail in contemporary Tunisia.
  • Introduce participants to the major figures and developments that have shaped Ismaili history, thought and practice in Fatimid North Africa (present-day Tunisia and north-west Algeria) and to contextualise these as a part of the larger mosaic of Muslim traditions and heritage.
  • Facilitate the development of critical, analytical analytical and historical skills, and an understanding of the relationship between the past and the present, and how these inform our beliefs, interpretations and values today.