Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
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Posted at Dec 01/2010 05:57PM:
Ian B: Jawhar as-Siqilli was the founder of Cario. He rose from slavery to becoming a military general of the expanding Fatimid empire. He conquered from Morraco to Egypt before estabilishing the new capital of al-Qahira for the Fatimid empire in the late 10th century CE. He also oversaw the construction of the al-Azhar mosque which still stands today.
Later in his life Jawhar attempted to annex Syria and Palestine but did not succeed but he did negotiate a treaty with the Christian Nubians on Egypt's Southern border protesting the North African Islamic Empire.
Posted at Dec 06/2010 03:36PM:
ian: It always helps to have reliable and capable underlings to build your empire for you.