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The Mamluks in Egyptian Politics and Society

The Mamluks in Egyptian Politics and Society

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Editors:
  • Thomas Philipp, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Erlangen, Germany
  • Ulrich Haarmann, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
P. M. Holt, Amalia Levanoni, Donald S. Richards, Ulrich Haarmann, Michael Winter, Jane Hathaway, Thomas Philipp, Daniel Crecelius, David A. King, Jonathan P. Berkey, Otfried Weintritt, Nelly Hanna, André Raymond, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Donald P. Little, Huda Lutfi, Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot
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  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521591157

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  • For over half a millennium the Mamluks wielded power over Egypt. During this time they formed a remarkable political, military and economic elite, ruling as sovereigns from 1250 to 1517 and, after the Ottoman conquest, regaining much of their former influence under Turkish supremacy. In this collection of essays, some of the most distinguished scholars in the field provide an accessible introduction to the structure of political power under the Mamluks and its economic foundations. The essays also offer a unique insight into the Mamluk households and their relationship with the indigenous Egyptian population.

    • An accessible introduction to the state-of-the-art in Mamluk studies which has become increasingly popular of late, especially in USA
    • Highly respected editors bring together distinguished list of contributors
    • Should appeal not only to specialists in the field of ME history, but to Ottoman historians and Islamicists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This volume offers a valuable assessment of current scholarship." Warren C. Schultz, Religious Studies Review

    "Both Richards and Hearmann debate rather eloquently..." Leonor Fernandes, MESA Bulletin

    "...this book will doubtlessly appeal to Mamluk specialists." Christopher S. Taylor, Journal of the American Oriental Society

    "Scholars of the Mamluk and Ottoman periods in Egypt will certainly want to become familiar with this volume, and specialists in other fields are likely to find papers of interest to them. For historians of the sultanate in particular, this volume will serve as a means to map the contours of a rapidly expanding field of study." International Hournal of Middle East Studies

    "Raymond's article showcase sopisticated technical analysis of residential patterns in Cairo...The collection is a superb glance back at the traditional social analysis that has brought the field of Mamluk Studies to the forefront of Islamic history" Mamluk Studies Review

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    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521591157
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Part I. Mamluk Rule and Succession:
    1. Literary offerings: a genre of courtly literature P. M. Holt
    2. Rank-and-file Mamluks versus amirs: new norms in the Mamluk military institution Amalia Levanoni
    3. Mamluk amirs and their families and households Donald S. Richards
    4. Joseph's law - the careers and activities of Mamluk descendants before the Ottoman conquest of Egypt Ulrich Haarmann
    Part II. Mamluk Households: Coherence and Disintegration:
    5. The re-emergence of the Mamluks following the Ottoman conquest Michael Winter
    6. 'Mamluk households' and 'Mamluk factions' in Ottoman Egypt: a reconsideration Jane Hathaway
    7. Personal loyalty and political power of the Mamluks in the eighteenth century Thomas Philipp
    8. The Mamluk beylicate of Egypt in the last decades before its destruction by Muhammad 'Ali Pasha in 1811 Daniel Crecelius
    Part III. Mamluk Culture, Science and Education:
    9. Mamluk astronomy and the institution of the Muwaqqit David A. King
    10. The Mamluks as Muslims: the military elite and the construction of Islam in medieval Egypt Jonathan P. Berkey
    11. The late triumph of the Persian bow: critical voices on the Mamluk monopoly of weaponry Ulrich Haarmann
    12. Concepts of history as reflected in Arabic historiographical writing in Ottoman Syria and Egypt (1517–1700) Otfried Weintritt
    13. Cultural life in Mamluk households (late Ottoman period) Nelly Hanna
    Part IV. Mamluk Property, Geography and Urban Society:
    14. The residential districts of Cairo's elite in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods (fourteenth to eighteenth centuries) André Raymond
    15. Patterns of urban patronage in Cairo: a comparison between the Mamluk and the Ottoman periods Doris Behrens-Abouseif
    16. Notes on the early nazar al-khass Donald P. Little
    17. Coptic festivals of the Nile: aberrations of the past? Huda Lutfi
    18. Marriage in the late eighteenth-century Egypt Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot
    Index.

  • Editors

    Thomas Philipp, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Erlangen, Germany

    Ulrich Haarmann, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany

    Contributors

    P. M. Holt, Amalia Levanoni, Donald S. Richards, Ulrich Haarmann, Michael Winter, Jane Hathaway, Thomas Philipp, Daniel Crecelius, David A. King, Jonathan P. Berkey, Otfried Weintritt, Nelly Hanna, André Raymond, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Donald P. Little, Huda Lutfi, Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot

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