Article ID: CBB960211429

Abyssinia at al-Azhar: Muslim Students from the Horn of Africa in Late Medieval Cairo (2019)


At the end of the fifteenth century, Muslim students from the Horn of Africa would come to Cairo in their search for knowledge and to dwell in the venerable mosque of al-Azhar. They formed a significant community of foreign students in the Egyptian metropolis, to the extent that they enjoyed their own fraternity where they gathered along their fellow countrymen. The article investigates the gradual development in Cairo of a Muslim community originating from the Horn of Africa. It puts their sudden visibility in the context of the establishment of the first student fraternities in al-Azhar’s history. Finally, it questions their role in the growing connections between Egypt and the Horn of Africa in the later Middle Ages.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Article Monica H. Green; (2018)
Putting Africa on the Black Death map: Narratives from genetics and history (/isis/citation/CBB629102858/) unapi

Book Crozier, Anna; (2007)
Practising Colonial Medicine: The Colonial Medical Service in British East Africa (/isis/citation/CBB000830503/) unapi

Article Walker, Alan; (2006)
Foreword (/isis/citation/CBB000660235/) unapi

Book Yossef Rapoport; Emilie Savage-Smith; (2018)
Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo (/isis/citation/CBB359221646/) unapi

Article Kinzelbach, Ragnar K.; (2008)
Pre-Linnaean Pictures of the Secretarybird, Sagittarius serpentarius (J. F. Miller, 1779) (/isis/citation/CBB000931218/) unapi

Article Kauzya, John Mary; (2007)
Notes from the Field: African Virtual University (/isis/citation/CBB906205754/) unapi

Article Hicks, Esther K.; (2007)
Can the African Virtual University Transform Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa? (/isis/citation/CBB280525361/) unapi

Book Law, Robin; Suzanne, Schwarz; Silke, Strickrodt; (2013)
Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa (/isis/citation/CBB001422242/) unapi

Article Massing, Andreas; (2009)
Valentim Fernandes' Five Maps and the Early History and Geography of São Tomé (/isis/citation/CBB001032500/) unapi

Article Günergun, Feza; Kadioǧlu, Sevtap; (2006)
Historical Notes on Istanbul University and Its Main Campus (/isis/citation/CBB000931427/) unapi

Chapter Christopher S. Celenza; (2017)
What Did It Mean to Live in the Long Fifteenth Century? (/isis/citation/CBB223418972/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Massing, Andreas
Brabers, Jan
Morcos, Selim A.
Walker, Alan
Crozier, Anna
Kinzelbach, Ragnar K.
History in Africa
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
Ethnohistory: Journal of the American Society for Ethnohistory
Archives of Natural History
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
I. B. Tauris
Boydell & Brewer
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Chicago Press
Universities and colleges
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Maps; atlases
Great Britain, colonies
Thevet, André
Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
Fernandes, Valentim
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Time Periods
15th century
16th century
19th century
17th century
18th century
East Africa
Cairo (Egypt)
African Virtual University
Katholieke Universiteit Brabant (Netherlands)
Istanbul Darülfünunu
Istanbul Universitesi
Heidelberg Universität

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment