Video: Interview with Dr Shainool Jiwa

27th August 2009

Publication: Towards a Shi'i Mediterranean Empire: Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo
Translated by: Dr Shainool 


Questions addressed in the interview:
1. Could you please elaborate on the title of the book and explain why you have chosen to call the Fatimidsinfo-icon a ‘Mediterranean Empire’?

2. The book’s introduction gives a succinct and informative account of the origins of the Fatimids. What were the key elements of the Ismaili da‘wainfo-icon that attracted the Maghrebis and led to the founding of the Fatimid Empire there?

3. In this book, you have translated part of al-Maqrizi's work. Can you tell us a little bit about this 15th century scholar and the reasons for his interest in the Fatimids?

4. What were the distinctive features of Imaminfo-icon-caliphinfo-icon al-Mu‘izz rule, particularly with regard to his policies towards the people of Egypt and his relations with other states?

5. Who else has written about Imam-caliph al-Mu‘izz and how do their accounts compare with Maqrizi’s writings?

6. Who is the expected audience of ‘Towards a Shi‘i Mediterrean Empire’?