DescriptionIn the year 77AH, the caliph 'Abd Al Malik bin Marwan undertook a coinage reform in the young Caliphate. He replaced all coins based on earlier empires (Persia, Byzantium) that were circulating in the Caliphate by a standardized and purely calligraphic set of denominations -- the Dinar, the Dirhem and the Fals. This lecture will explain this event of tremendous historic importance in relation to the identity of the Caliphate (and the Arab world), augmented with many pictures and authentic physical examples from the lecturer's collection. This event is part of our Brown bag Lecture Series. A light lunch will be provided.
Jens Schneider is a Staff Scientist at the Visual Computing Center at KAUST. Apart from his professional experience in large-scale scientific visualization, he is an avid electronics tinker and his expertise includes programming embedded systems and microcontrollers. As an active member of KAUST’s Maker Space SDG, he has co-authored and co-hosted several WEP courses in previous years on topics related to the Maker Culture. In 2013, Jens received the Seed Fund for Hachid Arabia.
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