Post Abbasid Egypt, North Africa, Umayyad Spain
al-Azhar mosque, Cairo, ca. 970 c.e.
MIT, Aga Khan Trust photo
Read: Menocal, pp. 53-129; Kennedy, pp. 307-342.
Read both of the following. Submit one form only, due Sunday, March
Readings for Week Ten.
- Jonathan Berkey. "Instruction"
from his The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo: A Social History
of Islamic Education. Study Guide for Berkey.
- Yacov Lev, "The Ruling Circles" from
his State and Society in Fatimid Egypt. Study Guide for Lev.
- Optional extra reading: Desmond Stewart,
"Ibn Tulun: First Independent Ruler of Egypt since Cleopatra," from his Great
Cairo: Mother of the World.