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Islamic mummy research. French geneticist Eliane Beraud-Colomb, with a screenshot of a Fatimid mummy excavated at the Al-Fustat archaeological site in Cairo, Egypt. Al-Fustat was the first capital of Egypt under Arab rule. The site contains human remains dating from the time of the Fatimid dynasty, a caliphate of Shi'ite Muslims which was founded in 909 and ruled over a North African empire until 1171. Beraud-Colomb is studying the genetics of the Fatimid mummies.
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