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  • 10 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • Page extent: 666 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.03 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 962
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DT94 .C36 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Egypt--History

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521471374 | ISBN-10: 0521471370)

The Cambridge History of Egypt offers the first comprehensive English-language treatment of Egyptian history through thirteen centuries, from the Arab conquest to the present day. The two-volume survey considers the political, socio-economic and cultural history of the world's oldest state, summarizing the debates and providing insight into controversies. As Egypt reclaims a leading role in the Islamic, Arab and Afro-Asian worlds, the project stands as testimony to its complex and vibrant past. Volume 1 addresses the period from the Arab invasion in 640 to the Ottoman conquest in 1517. It opens with a discussion of the preceding centuries to illustrate the legacy of ancient Egypt, and then progresses chronologically according to the major dynastic episodes. Authors have been encouraged to address their topics in the light of new research.

• The first comprehensive English-language history of Egypt from the Arab conquest to the present day • An international authorship of leading experts • Political history combined contemporary theory will ensure not only student reference readers but also scholarly interest


1. Egypt under Roman rule: the legacy of Ancient Egypt Robert K. Ritner; 2. Egypt on the eve of the Muslim conquest Walter E. Kaegi; 3. Egypt as a province in the Islamic Caliphate, 641–868 Hugh Kennedy; 4. Autonomous Egypt from Ibn Tulun to Kafur, 868–969 Thierry Bianquis; 5. The Ismaili Da'wa and the Fatimid Caliphate Paul E. Walker; 6. The Fatimid state, 969–1171 Paula A. Sanders; 7. The non-Muslim communities: the Christian community Terry G. Wilfong; 8. The non-Muslim communities: the Jewish community Norman A. Stillman; 9. The Crusader era and the Ayubbid dynasty Michael Chamberlain; 10. The Bahri Mamluk Sultanate, 1250–1390 Linda S. Northrup; 11. The regime of the Circassian Mamluks Jean-Claude Garcin; 12. The monetary history of Egypt, 642–1517 Warren C. Schultz; 13. Art and architecture in the medieval period Irene A. Bierman; 14. Culture and society during the late Middle Ages Jonathan P. Berkey; 15. Historiography of the Ayyubid and Mamluk epochs Donald P. Little; 16. Egypt in the world system of the later Middle Ages R. Stephen Humphreys; 17. The military institution and innovation in the late Mamluk period Carl F. Petry; 18. The Ottoman occupation Michael Winter.


Review of the hardback: '… a fine addition to any personal or institutional library with interest in the Islamic world … the authors and editors are to be congratulated.' Journal of the American Oriental Society

Review of the hardback: ' … this excellent volume is a reliable summary of recent research in the field.' Amalia Levanoni, University of Haifa

Review of the hardback: '… a notable scholarly achievement … the main contribution of the editor, Carl F. Petry, in making this book an important landmark in the modern historiography of Muslim Egypt, lies in his broad vision of the history of Egypt and its people.' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam


Robert K. Ritner, Walter E. Kaegi, Hugh Kennedy, Thierry Bianquis, Paul E. Walker, Paula A. Sanders, Terry G. Wilfong, Norman A. Stillman, Michael Chamberlain, Linda S. Northrup, Jean-Claude Garcin, Warren C. Schultz, Irene A. Bierman, Jonathan P. Berkey, Donald P. Little, R. Stephen Humphreys, Carl F. Petry, Michael Winter

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