The Center released the book "Researches in Islamic History and Civilization by Prof. Ahmed Mukhtar Al-Abbadi", one of the pioneers of historical and civilizational studies and one of the leading Egyptian scholars who participated in the intellectual development in Eastern, Western, and Andalusian historical studies. The book is in two volumes and comes as part of a series of academic documentary publications issued by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in keeping with its interest in publishing academic literature by experts in various fields.
The book deals with Islamic history and civilization in its successive historical stages, such as Egypt’s pioneering role and the history of Alexandria as the capital of culture in the Middle Islamic era, as well as Alexandrian civilization and history in the Fatimid and Ayyubid periods, economic life in Islamic cities, and the states of Turkish sultans in India, the similarities between them and the Turkish Mamluk state in Egypt, and the Mi’raj and its influence on the human heritage.
Furthermore, the book covers the relations between the eastern and western regions of the Islamic world, including the view of the people of the Maghreb and Andalusia towards Jerusalem, the Mediterranean influences in Andalusian culture, monotheism, and Islamic unity, the policy of the Fatimids towards the Maghreb region and Andalusia, the system of succession in the Islamic West in the middle era, manifestations of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and scientific exchange in Andalusia, and a detailed study of the Arab-Spanish heritage along with Arab sources and Spanish journals influenced by them.
The book also includes research that dealt with the relations between Andalusia and the Maghreb in the late Middle Islamic era, agriculture in Andalusia and its scientific heritage, the means of propaganda and media in Maghreb and Andalusia in the Middle Era, the local influence on the Andalusian historical novel, the Nasrid Kingdom in Granada and its cultural role, and Islamic civilization in the island of Sicily and the city of Seville through Islamic history. It further defines three global cultural figures from 8th century AH Maghreb: Abd al-Rahman Ibn Khaldun, Lisan al-Din Ibn al-Khatib, and Ibn Battuta, and their intellectual and scientific legacy.