The beautiful Aga Khan Museum in Toronto brings the Fatimids, a remarkable Islamic dynasty, to its doors; must visit exhibition on until July 2, 2018


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Tiraz, Egypt, 10th century, Linen, tapestry-woven silk. Photo: Copyright © Aga Khan Museum Collection.

What: The World of the Fatimids.
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1, Toll-free 1-844-859-3671.
When: The World of the Fatimids runs until July 2, 2018. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am: 6pm. Closed Monday. Free entrance Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
Things to do:
Visit the museum’s permanent galleries including the Bellerive Room; have lunch at the museum’s highly acclaimed Diwan restaurant (11:30 am – 2:30 pm); stroll through the Aga Khan Park; involve your children in museum’s educational activities; attend museum concerts; consider planning private events at the museum; and visit the magnificent Ismaili Centre on the opposite side of the museum, after crossing the Park.
More information and to plan your visit: Please visit

(Featured photo at top of page: Two visitors, including a young boy, at the Fatimid exhibition hall on Monday, March 12, 2018. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant)


Glimpses from the World of the Fatimids

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Visitors viewing the Mihrab exhibit, wood, Egypt, 1137–38 or 1146–47, from the collection of Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.

Over the coming weeks, Barakah will endeavour to provide stories on some of the pieces that comprise the World of the Fatimids which opened to the public on March 10, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani.

On Monday March 12, the Aga Khan museum’s own curator Ulrike al-Khamis walked me and Peter Konieczny, the editor of Medieval Warfare Magazine and co-founder of the website, through the exhibition giving us some interesting insights into some of the pieces that are on display and how the collection was brought together from different parts of the world for this exhibition. The tour was facilitated by Tran Nguyen and Barakah appreciates her timely responses in providing media kits, photographs and other pertinent material related to the exhibition and the museum. A full review of the exhibition will appear in May. Here are some photos from my visit on Monday.

The World of the Fatimids Aga Khan Museum
A fragment from a tomb surround, Egypt early 11th century, marble carved. From collection of Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
The World of the Fatimids Aga Khan Museum
A family views a beautiful crescent-shapped dome finial carved in rock crystal that is engraved with the name of the Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-Zahir. The piece is from Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.


The World of the Fatimids: Selected external links


The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, an architectural marvel designed by renowned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki for His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Imam of Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan’s ancestors, the Fatimids, built the city of Cairo more than a 1000 years ago. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
The World of the Fatimids Aga Khan Museum
A view of some of the exhibits – near left, Oliphant carved in ivory, and at right Tiraz Egypt, 10th century, linen, tapestry-woven silk. Both pieces from the Aga Khan Museum Collection. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
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Visitors at the Fatimid exhibition which is being hosted on the 2nd floor of the Aga Khan Museum. The lower floor is dedicated to the museum’s permanent collections. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.

Date posted: March 15, 2018.


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One comment

  1. Beautiful. Most interesting and very informative on glorious Fatimid period of Ismaili history. Admirable effort of Barakah to enlighten Ismailis all over the word about this golden period.


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