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Precedent at Dar al-Hikma


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A Metaphysical Grammar


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Noetic Reduction


Summary of Mathematical Results


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A Dedication


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Chapter 10 Supplement
Images of Dar al-Hikma

Very little remains of the palace compound itself.  Most of the palace structures, including Dar al-Hikma and Dar al-'Ilm, are long gone.  This supplement presents some images of Fatimid Cairo buildings yet standing.  Additional images are presented as location markers.

Figure 10.l Fig. 10.1
Downtown Cairo[1]

Figure 10.1 pinpoints Fatimid Cairo.  A rough outline of the Fatimid city wall is marked in red.  (North is up, scale 1 inch : 0.4 km.)

Figure 10.2 Fig. 10.2
Map of Fatimid Cairo[2]

Figure 10.2 sketches the districts of Fatimid Cairo, with the palace compound outlined at center.  The Great Road to Fustat runs north and south through the palace compound.  Fatimid landmarks:  Mosque of al-Hakim (top center); Mosque of al-Aqmar (upper center); al-Azhar University (lower right).  (Scale approx. 1 inch : 0.4 km.)

Figure 10.3 Fig. 10.3
Perspective drawing of the Mosque of al-Hakim
(A.D. 1013 / 403 A.H.)[3]

Figure 10.4 Fig. 10.4
Mosque of al-Hakim, exterior

Figure 10.5 Fig. 10.5
Mosque of al-Hakim, interior

Figure 10.6 Fig. 10.6
Mosque of al-Aqmar, exterior
(A.D. 1125 / 519 A.H.)[4]

Figure 10.7 Fig. 10.7
Mosque of al-Aqmar, interior

Figure 10.8 Fig. 10.8
Al-Azhar University, interior
(A.D. 972 / 361 A.H.)[5]

Figure 10.9 Fig. 10.9
Map of palace grounds[6]

Figure 10.9 outlines the buildings of the palace compound.  The Great Road to Fustat divides east and west sides of the palace.  To the southeast we find Dar al-'Ilm.  To the northwest, Dar al-Hikma (labeled here as "House of Wisdom").  Note that the Mosque of al-Aqmar (top center) is the only extant structure on this map.  (Scale approx. 1 inch : 0.13 km.)

Figure 10.10 Fig. 10.10
Site of Dar al-Hikma

The modern intersection shown in Figure 10.10 marks the location of the northeast corner of Dar al-Hikma.  No ruins have been preserved.  Neither has the Egyptian government afforded the site any manner of landmark.

Figure 10.11 Fig. 10.11
Video panorama of the site of Dar al-Hikma

A series of video images provides a panorama of the intersection shown in Figure 10.10.  The approximate sweep of the panorama is marked on the map in red.  The panorama begins with a southward view down the Great Road to Fustat, panning westward across the corner intersection.  Click on the map in Figure 10.11 to download.  (QuickTime, 4.8MB, no sound.)

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Chapter 10 Supplement — Endnotes

[1] Lehnert & Landrock, Tourist Map of Cairo (Cairo: Nubar Printing House, ca. 1973).
[2] Sanders 214.
[3] Marianne Barrucand, et al., ed., Tresors Fatimides du Caire (Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1998) 66.
[4] Barrucand 41.
[5] Bayard Dodge, Al-Azhar: A Millennium of Muslim Learning (Washington, D. C.: The Middle East Institute, 1961) 25.
[6] Sanders 213.
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