A Shia Ismaili dynasty, claiming descent from Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Muhammed; their main objective was to remove and replace the Abbasid Caliphate - by good organization and missionary effort, their influence spread from Yemen to Tunisia, culminating in their rule of Egypt from 969 to 1171. Their most remarkable legacy is the city of Cairo (al-Qaahira). Salah ed Din al Ayyubi abolished their Caliphate, and established the Ayyubids.

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Architecture of Cairo
Section of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology course on the Architecture of Cairo dealing with the Fatimid contribution.
The Art of the Fatimid Period (969-1171 A.D.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, presents an online exhibition of art and architecture from the Fatimids, whose opulence fuelled a Renaissance in Cairo.
Fatimid
Article about the Shi'a dynasty that ruled over parts of the Maghreb, Egypt, and the Levant from 909 to 1171. [From Wikipedia]
The Fatimid Period
An account of Egypt in the Fatimid Period, focussing on the development of Cairo (Al Kahira). Includes a list of rulers.
Fatimids
An account from Encyclopedia of the Orient of the rise of the Shia Fatimids, and their struggle to replace the Sunni Abbasid Caliphate, until they were replaced by the Ayyubids.
State and Society in Fatimid Egypt
Chapter 4 of a book by Yacov Lev about social aspects of Fatimid rule in Egypt. From the Internet Islamic History Sourcebook.
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