Al-Damurdashi's Chronicle of Egypt, 1688-1755: Al-Durra Al-muṣāna Fī Akhbār Al-Kināna

Front Cover
BRILL, 1991 - History - 424 pages
0 Reviews
This chronicle, allegedly composed by an officer of the 'Azab regiment in Cairo, surveys the conflicts between the two major mamluk factions, the Faqariya and the Qasimiya, and their struggles with the Ottoman governors and the Ojaqs to control Egypt's administration and the lucrative tax structure in the period from 1688-1755. Al-Damurdashi, who organizes his chronicle around the tenures of the Ottoman governors, focuses on the military class, but provides a wealth of descriptive information on a wide range of subjects, including military tactics, administration, taxes, food and clothing, the bedouins, coinage and fiscal policy, the mamluk system, and social life. After al-Jabarti's famous 'Aja'ib al-Athar fi 'l-Tarajim wa 'l- Akhbar, al-Damurdashi's chronicle is perhaps the most important manuscript source for the entire three centuries of Ottoman rule in Egypt. It is more authoritative and more descriptive than al-Jabarti's account for the period it covers, and was a major source from which al-Jabarti drew material for his own history of the period.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
5
Translation Volume One
15
Muhammad Pasha alNishanji 172628
265
Abu Bakr Pasha 172829
277
Abdallah Pasha Kopriilii 172931
291
Silahdar Uthman sic Pasha 173133
303
Mustafa Pasha 173738
317
Ali Pasha ibn alHakim 174041
338
Ahmad Efendi Pasha alYadakshi 174446
355
Raghib Muhammad Pasha 174648
361
Kur Ahmad Pasha 174849
370
Muhammad Pasha Amin 175253
376
Ali Pasha ibn alHakim 175557
388
Maps xii 14
401
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1991)

Daniel Crecelius is Professor of Middle East History, California State University, Los Angeles.

Bibliographic information