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The Mamluk City in the Middle East
History, Culture, and the Urban Landscape


Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Author: Nimrod Luz, The Western Galilee College, Israel
  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107626713

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  • The Mamluk City in the Middle East offers an interdisciplinary study of urban history, urban experience, and the nature of urbanism in the region under the rule of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250–1517). The book focuses on three less-explored but politically significant cities in the Syrian region - Jerusalem, Safad (now in Israel), and Tripoli (now in Lebanon) - and presents a new approach and methodology for understanding historical cities. Drawing on diverse textual sources and intensive field surveys, Nimrod Luz reveals the character of the Mamluk city as well as various aspects of urbanism in the region, establishing the pre-modern city of the Middle East as a valid and useful lens through which to study various themes such as architecture, art history, history, and politics of the built environment. As part of this approach, Luz considers the processes by which Mamluk discourses of urbanism were conceptualized and then inscribed in the urban environment as concrete expressions of architectural design, spatial planning, and public memorialization.

    • Offers an interdisciplinary approach and new methodologies for the study of historical cities in the Middle East
    • Broadens the field of urban history to include approaches, theories, and understandings from the social sciences
    • Extensive survey of the cities' landscape and the construction of an innovative methodology to study historical built environment
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    'Luz's observations are interesting and astute. His work is thus a distinct and interesting contribution to scholarship.' Anne Broadbridge, Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107626713
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 4 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Urban regional history before the Mamluks: presenting Tripoli, Safad, and Jerusalem
    Part II. The Tangible City:
    2. Reading the built environment: a field survey of Mamluk Jerusalem
    3. Houses and residential solutions in the cities of al-Sham
    4. The neighborhood: social and spatial expressions
    Part III. The Socially Constructed City:
    5. Awqāf and urban infrastructures
    6. Icons of power and expressions of religious piety: the politics of Mamluk patronage
    Part IV. The Conceptualized City:
    7. Cities scripted, envisioned, and perceived
    8. The public sphere - urban autonomy and its limitations.

  • Author

    Nimrod Luz, The Western Galilee College, Israel
    Dr Nimrod Luz is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Western Galilee College, Israel.

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