Today I organized a storytelling walk in Historic Cairo. The focus was on the Fatimid dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 969 and 1171. All in all, there were 14 Fatimid caliphs, and they turned Cairo into one of three caliphate seats in the Muslim world during the 10th century, the other two capitals being Baghdad (seat of the Abbasid caliphate) and Cordoba (seat of the Umayyad caliphate).
The Fatimids are best remembered as founders of Cairo and of al-Azhar, one of the world’s oldest universities (970 AD). The eccentric lifestyle of some of the Fatimid caliphs, coupled with their Shiite faith; distanced them from the people, despite all the cheerful social and religious celebrations and festivals that they introduced in Egypt.