The Mamluks in Egyptian and Syrian Politics and Society

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Michael Winter, Amalia Levanoni
BRILL, 2004 - History - 450 pages
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This volume consists of 19 studies by leading historians of the Mamluks. Drawing on primary Arabic sources, the studies discuss central political, military, urban, social, administrative, economic, financial and religious aspects of the Mamluk Empire that was established in 1250 by Mamluks (manumitted military slaves, mostly Turks and Circassians). It was a Sunni orthodox state that had a formidable military, a developed and sophisticated economy, a centralized Arab bureaucracy and prestigious religious and educational institutions. There are special articles about Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Safed and Acre. The last part of the volume describes the Mamluk military class that survived in Egypt (although in a transformed form) under the Ottoman suzerainty after the Empire annexed Egypt and Syria in 1517. With contributions by Reuven Aharoni, Reuven Amitai, Frederic Bauden, Jonathan Berkey, Daniel Crecelius, Joseph Drory, Jane Hathaway, Robert Irwin, Donald Little, Nimrod Luz, Carl Petry, Thomas Philipp, Yossef Rapoport, Andre Raymond, Donald S. Richards, Warren Schultz and Hannah Taragan.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER Two The Mongol Occupation
21
CHAPTER THREE Glimpses of Provincial Mamluk Society
45
CHAPTER FOUR The Recovery of Mamluk Chancery
59
A Sign of
79
CHAPTER Six Gunpowder and Firearms in the Mamluk
117
CHAPTER SEVEN The Governance of Jerusalem under
143
CHAPTER NINE Ibn Taymiyya on Divorce Oaths
191
CHAPTER TEN The Circulation of Dirhams in
221
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Mamluks and their Households in Late
297
CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Last Mamluk Household
317
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Urban Residential Houses
339
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Wealth of the Egyptian Emirs at
359
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Problems of Abd alRahman
373
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Mamluk revivals and Mamluk
387
CHAPTER NINETEEN Bedouin and Mamluks
407
Index
435

CHAPTER ELEVEN The muhtasibs of Cairo under
245
CHAPTER TWELVE The Estate of alKhuwand Fatima
277

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Michael Winter, Ph.D. (1972) in Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, is Professor of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on the history of the Arab countries under the Mamluks and the Ottomans, including Egyptian Society under Ottoman Rule, 1517-1798 (Routledge, 1992).Amalia Levanoni, Ph.D. (1990) in Middle Eastern History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer of Middle Eastern history at Haifa University and Chair-elect of the Department. She has published extensively on the history of the Mamluks, including A Turning Point in the Mamluk History: The Third Reign of al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun (1310-1341) (Brill, 1995).