Order Out of Chaos: Patronage, Conflict and Mamluk Socio-political Culture, 1341-1382

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Brill, 2006 - History - 210 pages
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This book offers an analysis of the Syro-Egyptian Mamluk Sultanate's political culture, focusing on the period between 1341 and 1382 CE, when twelve descendants of the regime's most successful sultan al-N ir Mu ammad b. Qal w n reigned and the military were more deeply involved in the political process than ever.The book consists of three chapters, each of which discusses one major component of this period's political culture: political institutions, political relationships engendering households and networks, and the dynamics of the period's many socio-political conflicts.This book marks an important breakthrough in Mamluk studies, offering both insights into the history of a long-neglected period and new models of analysis that call for wider application in the field of Mamluk socio-political history.

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Chapter One Legitimate Power
Chapter Two Effective Power
Chapter Three Struggle for Power

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About the author (2006)

Jo Van Steenbergen, Ph.D. (2003) in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, lectures in Arabic and Middle East History at the University of St Andrews and has published several articles on Mamluk institutional and political history.

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