The Palace of Sitt al-Mulk and Fatimid imagery.
The present work represents the first attempt to compose
a comprehensive study of the Palace of Sitt al-Mulk
which is known as the 'Fätimid Western Palace' because
of its geographical situation opposite the Eastern
Palace. It was built by order of the second FAtimid
Caliph in Cairo, al-'Aziz (365-386 A. H. / 975-996 A. D. )
for his daughter Sitt al-hulk.
The first section attempts (through Arabic literary
sources) to construct a picture of this princess who
played an important role in the direction of Fätimid
The second section examines the
the architecture of the Palac,
survived and brings to light
which demonstrate that part
incorported into the Häristän of
the site in the Mamlük period.
belief that nothing of
a of Sitt al-hulk has
of the Palace was
Sultan Qalä'Gn built on
The third section studies the rich imagery in the
wooden panels that used to decorate the Palace of Sitt
al-hulk within the wider context of Fätimid figural
Art.The fourth section details the connections and
similarities between the Fätimid style of these
woodcarvings and Coptic Art of the same period.
The fifth and final part covers the problem of dating,
attempting to situate chronologically, through stylistic
and comparative study the extensive range of
woodcarvings from the Palace.