This lecture will be held in English.
The city of al-Qata’i’ was founded by Ahmad Ibn Tulun in 870 A.D., being the third capital of Islamic Egypt, after those of al-Fustat and al-Askar. Historical sources tell us that it had splendid buildings never seen before in Egypt, since the time of the Ptolemies.
The city of al-Qata’i’ flourished for over four decades, until it was seized and destroyed by the Abbasids in 905 A.D. The city is well described by its contemporary historians. It was first studied in 902 and again, in 2015. Later in 2020, during the process of revisiting it, new discoveries were found. The lecture will discuss these aspects that give a better understanding of how the city once looked.