Article ID: CBB960211429

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

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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.

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