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And this is what we came to see - The Fatimids Exhibition.
The Fatimids were a Shi’i dynasty that stretched from the 10th to the 12th centuries ruling North Africa, Egypt and parts of the Middle East. People of three faiths - Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived and worked together under this diverse and inclusive leadership, and prospered.
The focus of the exhibition is Pluralism - embracing and leveraging difference so all of society can benefit. This society was so advanced for its time and senior leadership positions filled, not only by Muslims but by Jews and Christians . #TheFatimids @akdn @agakhanmuseum #instacorps
The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is closed on Mondays- they opened it up exclusively for 7 #instacorps photographers and we spent the day running around empty exhibits making pictures joyously like children.
Photographers, know that? When you see so many pictures that you can’t decide which to make first, when you forget to eat or drink, or breath almost, when you loose track of time and care about nothing except negotiating a few more minutes to do your work. Joyous!
@guillaumebonn #TheFatimids @akdn @michaelchristopherbrown @kerrypayne @zunleephoto @simonlewisphoto @aliceaedy #Instacorps
You see what you go looking for! For me, it’s always horses.
The Fatimids gave horses, Arabian and local breeds, as gifts throughout their dynasty. In addition to their value in military campaigns, mounts were often given because they marked differences in rank, and the gift often included saddles, harnesses and trappings of leather decorated with gold or silver. As the price of a horse was prohibitive, ordinary people rode mules, if they rode at all.
Egypt, late 10th-11th century
Earthenware covered with a white slip and painted overglaze with golden colours derived from metal oxides
Copyright Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
Image: The American University in Cairo Press. Reproduced by permission.
The Fatimids were a Shi’i dynasty that stretched from the 10th to the 12th centuries ruling North Africa, Egypt and parts of the Middle East. People of three faiths - Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived and worked together under this diverse and inclusive leadership, Abd prospered.
An exhibition of Fatimid artefacts opens this week at the @agakhanmuseum in Toronto. I’m there covering it for #Instacorps
Excited to be invited to the @agakhanmuseum in Toronto to get a behind-the-scenes look at #TheFatimids exhibit: Follow @aliceaedy @guillaumebonn @michaelchristopherbrown @kerrypayne @zunleephoto @simonlewisphoto and me,an eclectic group of photographers who will be shooting the exhibition! #Instacorps