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Non-Muslim Communities in Fatimid Egypt: The dhimmi experience, Islamization, and Negotiating Power

A two-day international colloquium

Sunday, October 02, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This two-day international colloquium will bring together several important scholars who work on non-Muslim (dhimmi) communities in medieval Egypt.  This colloquium will provide a forum for scholars of dhimmi communities in Fatimid Egypt (969-1171CE) to discuss the possible overlap, intersection, and differences between the Jewish and Christian experience. More importantly, the colloquium will illuminate the heterogeneity of the dhimmi category which has been typically used as an umbrella term to describe all non-Muslim communities living under Islamic rule.


Keynote Address (9:30-10)

Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA, History)

Panel I (10-12): Fatimids and Their Non-Muslim Subjects: Governance and Power

Moderator: Ra`anan Boustan (History and NELC, UCLA)

"Documentary Sources for the dhimmi experience in Fatimid Egypt and Syria" Marina Rustow (Johns Hopkins University)

"Al-Hakim and the Dhimmis" Paul Walker (University of Chicago)

"The Melkites in the Fatimid Period" Johannes Pahlitzsch (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)

Panel II (1:30-3): Shaping the Dhimmi World: Sources and Events

Moderator: David Myers (Chair of History, UCLA)

"Working on the Basics: The History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria as a Source for the Analysis of Ideas, Attitudes, and Trends Among the Coptic Community in Fatimid Egypt" Johannes den Heijer (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

"The Fatimid Caliphs, the Copts, and the Coptic Church" Yaacov Lev (Bar Ilan University, Israel)

Panel III (3:30 - 5:30): History, HIstoriography, and Literature: The Dhimmi Perspective

Moderator: Gil Hochberg (Comparative Literature, UCLA)

"Adaptive Strategies: The Jewish Communities Vis-a-vis a New Reality" Miriam Frenkel (Hebrew University, Israel)

"The Martyrdom of Jirjis (Muzahim): Hagiography and Coptic Orthodox Imaginaiton in Early Fatimid Egypt" Mark Swanson (Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago)

"Re-Envisioning Persecution: Imagining a Converted World" Maryann Shenoda (UCLA)



Cost : Free and Open to the Public

(310) 825-1455

Sponsor(s): , Department of History, Comparative Literature, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of Religion

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