Fātimid gardens: Archaeological and historical perspectives

Stephane Pradines, Sher Rahmat Khan

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This article is the first systematic investigation on the location, layout, design and functions of Fātimid gardens. Our study is based on primary sources and focuses on different elements of the recreational and ceremonial functions of gardens. Very little is known about the layout of the royal Fātimid gardens because no garden has survived or been excavated so far as we are aware. However, we collected physical insights on the layout and shape of these Fātimid gardens through different archaeological excavations in Cairo and outside of Egypt, including our recent discoveries and the garden that we found in Darrāsa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-502
Number of pages30
JournalBulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Cairo
  • Fountain
  • Fātimid
  • Islamic


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