Mamluk Studies Review

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All issues of MSR since Volume I (1997) are available for download. See the bottom of this page for information about ordering print volumes.

Below are links to a PDF of each issue and PDFs of individual articles. (Though every issue includes numerous book reviews, they are not included as separate files. For a listing of what works have been reviewed, please see the detailed contents page on this site.



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XVII (2013)

Download the entire issue: Vol. XVII (2013) (5.4MB)

Individual articles:
Obituary: David C. Reisman (1969–2011) by Ahmed H. al-Rahim
“Ayna hādhā min al-Mutanabbī!” Toward an Aesthetics of Mamluk Literature by Thomas Bauer
Woven Together as Though Randomly Strung: Variation in Collections of Naevi Poetry Compiled by al-Nuwayrī and al-Sarī al-Raffāʾ by Adam Talib
The Medieval Islamic Literary World-System: The Lexicographic Turn by Muhsin J. al-Musawi
On Mamluk Anthologies Again: The Case of Jamāl al-Dīn al-Waṭwāṭ and His Ghurar al-Khaṣāʾiṣ al-Wāḍihah wa-ʿUrar al-Naqāʾiḍ al-Qābiḥah by Antonella Ghersetti
Composition and Worldview of some Bourgeois and Petit-Bourgeois Mamluk Adab-Encylopedias by Thomas Herzog
“Recalling You, My Lord”: ʿĀʾishah al-Bāʿūnīyah on Dhikr by Th. Emil Homerin
Insult, Fury, and Frustration: The Martyrological Narrative of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzīyah’s Al-Kāfiyah al-Shāfiyah by Livnat Holtzman
Notes on the Literature of Sufi Prayer Commentaries by Richard McGregor
The Drug Zajals in Ibrāhīm al-Miʿmār’s Dīwān by Hakan Özkan
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XVI (2012)

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Individual articles:
The Dhimmi’s Question on Predetermination and the Ulama’s Six Responses: The Dynamics of Composing Polemical Didactic Poems in Mamluk Cairo and Damascus by Livnat Holtzman
Mamluks and Their Relatives in the Period of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250–1517) by Koby Yosef
Royal Justice and Religious Law: Siyasah and Shari'ah under the Mamluks by Yossef Rapoport
Khubz as Iqta' in Four Authors from the Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Periods by Felicita Tramontana
The 727/1327 Silk Weavers’ Rebellion in Alexandria: Religious Xenophobia, Homophobia, or Economic Grievances by Mahmood Ibrahim
Finding Meaning in the City: al-Maqrizi’s Use of Poetry in the Khitat by Martyn Smith
Short Notice: An Arabic History of the Byzantine Empire by Yehoshua Frenkel



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XV (2011)

Mamluk Studies Review Volume XIV (2010), A festschrift in honor of Carl F. Petry

Download the entire issue: Vol. XIV (2010) (14.5MB)

Individual articles:
Bibliography of Carl F. Petry's Publications
Al-Subki and His Women by Jonathan P. Berkey
“Our Sorry State!” Al-Buṣiri's Lamentations on Life and an Appeal for Cash by Th. Emil Homerin
Spy or Rebel? The Curious Incident of the Temurid Sultan-Husayn’s Defection to the Mamluks at Damascus in 803/1400–1 by Anne F. Broadbridge
Mamluk Historical Rajaz Poetry: Ibn Daniyal’s Judge List and Its Later Adaptations by Li Guo
Who Were the “Salt of the Earth” in Fifteenth-Century Egypt? by Amalia Levanoni
The Evolution of the Sultanic Fisc and al-Dhakhirah during the Circassian Mamluk Period by Igarashi Daisuke
From Ceramics to Social Theory: Reflections on Mamluk Archaeology Today by Bethany J. Walker
Maqriziana IX: Should al-Maqrizi Be Thrown Out with the Bath Water? The Question of His Plagiarism of al-Awhadi’s Khitat and the Documentary Evidence by Frédéric Bauden
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XIII, no. 2 (2009) Religion in the Mamluk Period

Mamluk Studies Review Volume XIII, no. 1 (2009)

Mamluk Studies Review Volume XII, no. 2 (2008)

Download the entire issue: Vol. XII, no. 2 (2008) (3.7MB)

Individual articles:
Tankiz ibn 'Abd Allah al-Husami al-Nasiri (d. 740/1340) as Seen by His Contemporary al-Safadi (d. 764/1363) by Stephan Conermann
Ibn Nubatah al-Misri (686–768/1287–1366): Life and Works Part II: The Diwanof Ibn Nubatah by Thomas Bauer
Sultans with Horns: The Political Significance of Headgear in the Mamluk Empire by Albrecht Fuess
The Formation of the Civilian Elite in the Syrian Province: The Case of Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Hamah by Konrad Hirschler
The Ayyubid and Mamluk Revaluation of the Hinterland and Western Historical Cartography by Kurt Franz
The 'Attar Mosque in Tripoli by Miriam Kühn
The Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad Madrasah in Cairo: Restoration and Archaeological Investigation by Philipp Speiser
When Is It Possible to Call Something Beautiful?: Some Observations about Aesthetics in Islamic Literature and Art by Rudolf Veselý
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XII, no. 1 (2008)

Mamluk Studies Review Volume XI, no. 2 (2007)

Download the entire issue: Vol. XI, no. 2 (2007) (1.5MB)
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Individual articles:
Women and Gender in Mamluk Society: An Overview by Yossef Rapoport
The Four Madrasahs in the Complex of Sultan Hasan (1356–61): The Complete Survey by Howayda al-Harithy (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 11MB)
The Decline of the Ilkhanate and the Mamluk Sultanate’s Eastern Frontier by Patrick Wing
The Mongol Invasions of Bilad al-Sham by Ghazan Khan and Ibn Taymiyah’s Three "Anti-Mongol" Fatwas by Denise Aigle
Some Remarks on Ibn Tawq’s (d. 915/1509) Journal Al-Ta'liq, vol. 1 (885/1480 to 890/1485) by Stephan Conermann and Tilman Seidensticker
In Search of "Post-Classical Literature": A Review Article by Thomas Bauer
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume XI, no. 1 (2007) The Mamluk Provinces

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Individual articles:
Making Syria Mamluk: Ibn Shaddad’s Al-A'laq al-Khatirah by Zayde Antrim
Fiscal Administration in Syria during the Reign of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad by Sato Tsugitaka
Public Projection of Power in Mamluk Bilad al-Sham by Yehoshua Frenkel
The Use of Fortification as a Political Instrument by the Ayyubids and the Mamluks in Bilad al-Sham and in Egypt (Twelfth–Thirteenth Centuries) by Benjamin Michaudel
Practice and Reform in Fourteenth-Century Damascene Madrasahs by Mahmood Ibrahim
A Mamluk Monument "Restored": The Dar al-Qur'an wa-al-Hadith of Tankiz al-Nasiri in Damascus by Ellen Kenney
Fahl during the Early Mamluk Period: Archaeological Perspectives by Stephen Mcphillips and Alan Walmsley
Khirbat Faris: Vernacular Architecture on the Karak Plateau, Jordan by Alison Mcquitty
Sowing the Seeds of Rural Decline?: Agriculture as an Economic Barometer for Late Mamluk Jordan by Bethany J. Walker
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume X, no. 2 (2006)

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(The full-resolution version of Vol. X, no. 2 is 14MB and may be downloaded here: MamlukStudiesReview_X-2_2006_14MB.pdf)

Individual articles:
Medieval Egyptian Society and the Concept of the Circle of Justice by Linda T. Darling
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah: His Life and Works by Birgit Krawietz
Coptic Conversion and the Islamization of Egypt by Shaun O'sullivan
Maqriziana I: Discovery of an Autograph Manuscript of al-Maqrizi: Towards a Better Understanding of His Working Method: Description: Section 2 by Frederic Bauden
Crime in Mamluk Historiography: A Fraud Case Depicted by Ibn Taghribirdi by Carl F. Petry
The Making of a Sufi: al-Nuwayri's Account of the Origin of Genghis Khan by Lyall Armstrong
The Turbah of Tankizbugha by Hani Hamza (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 13MB)
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume X, no. 1 (2006) Scholarship from Japan

Mamluk Studies Review Volume IX, no. 2 (2005)

Download the entire issue: Vol. IX, no. 2 (2005) (3MB)

Individual articles:
The Study of Islam within Mamluk Domains by Th. Emil Homerin
Mediators Between East and West: Christians Under Mamluk Rule by Johannes Pahlitzsch
The Sale of Office and Its Economic Consequences during the Rule of the Last Circassians (872–922/1468–1516) by Bernadette Martel-Thoumian
Economic Intervention and the Political Economy of the Mamluk State under al-Ashraf Barsbay by John L. Meloy
Mamluk Literature: Misunderstandings and New Approaches by Thomas Bauer
Popular Culture under the Mamluks: A Historiographical Survey by Jonathan P. Berkey
Veneto-Saracenic Metalware, a Mamluk Art by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Mamluk Elite on the Eve of al-Nasir Muhammad's Death (1341): A Look behind the Scenes of Mamluk Politics by Jo Van Steenbergen
Food and Cooking during the Mamluk Era: Social and Political Implications by Amalia Levanoni
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume IX, no. 1 (2005)

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(The full-resolution version of Vol. IX, no. 1 is 33MB and may be downloaded here: MamlukStudiesReview_IX-1_2005_33MB.pdf)

Individual articles:
Publications of Donald P. Little
Mamluk Era Documentary Studies: The State of the Art by Frederic Bauden
The Conquest of Arsuf by Baybars: Political and Military Aspects by Reuven Amitai (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 13MB)
The Archaeological Evidence from the Mamluk Siege of Arsuf by Kate Raphael and Yotam Tepper (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 17MB)
Tales of a Medieval Cairene Harem: Domestic Life in al-Biqa'i's Autobiographical Chronicle by Li Guo
The Construction of Gender Symbolism in Ibn Sirin's and Ibn Shahin's Medieval Arabic Dream Texts by Huda Lutfi
Notes on the Contemporary Sources of the Year 793 by Sami G. Massoud
The al-Nashw Episode: A Case Study of "Moral Economy" by Amalia Levanoni
The Politics of the Mamluk Sultanate: A Review Essay by R. Stephen Humphreys
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume VIII, no. 2 (2004) Mamluk Economic History

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Individual articles:
Invisible Peasants, Marauding Nomads: Taxation, Tribalism, and Rebellion in Mamluk Egypt by Yossef Rapoport
Sharp Practice in Levantine Trade in the Late Middle Ages: The Brizi-Corner Affair of 1376–77 by Ralph S. Hattox
The Last Decades of Venice's Trade with the Mamluks: Importations into Egypt and Syria by Benjamin Arbel
Sugar in the Economic Life of Mamluk Egypt by Sato Tsugitaka
A Note on Archaeological Evidence for Sugar Production in the Middle Islamic Periods in Bilad al-Sham by Katherine Strange Burke
Mamluk Investment in Transjordan: a "Boom and Bust" Economy by Bethany J. Walker (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 12MB)
The Regime and the Urban Wheat Market: The Famine of 662/1263–64 in Cairo by Yaacov Lev
Reconstructing Life in Medieval Alexandria from an Eighth/Fourteenth Century Waqf Document by Niall Christie (Alternate version with higher resolution iamges: 11MB)
Thirty Years after Lopez, Miskimin, and Udovitch by Stuart J. Borsch
The Rise of a New Class? Land Tenure in Fifteenth-Century Egypt: A Review Article by Adam Sabra
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume VIII, no. 1 (2004)

Mamluk Studies Review Volume VII, no. 2 (2003) al-Maqrizi

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(The full-resolution version of Vol. VII, no. 2 is 13MB and may be downloaded here: MamlukStudiesReview_VII-2_2003_13MB.pdf)

Individual articles:
Who Was al-Maqrizi? A Biographical Sketch by Nasser Rabbat
Maqriziana I: Discovery of an Autograph Manuscript of al-Maqrizi: Towards a Better Understanding of His Working Method: Description: Section 1 by Frederic Bauden (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 10MB)
Al-Maqrizi, Hashimism, and the Early Caliphates by Paul M. Cobb
Al-Maqrizi and the Fatimids by Paul E. Walker
Al-Maqrizi as a Historian of the Early Mamluk Sultanate (or: Is al-Maqrizi an Unrecognized Historiographical Villain?) by Reuven Amitai
Al-Maqrizi as a Historian of the Reign of Barquq by Sami G. Massoud
Al-Maqrizi's Discussion of Imprisonment and Description of Jails in the Khitat by Carl F. Petry
Al-Maqrizi's Khitat and the Urban Structure of Mamluk Cairo by Andre Raymond
"It Has No Root Among Any Community That Believes in Revealed Religion, Nor Legal Foundation for Its Implementation": Placing al-Maqrizi's Comments on Money in a Wider Context by Warren C. Schultz
The Merits of Economic History: Re-Reading al-Maqrizi's Ighathah and Shudhur by John L. Meloy
A Comparison of al-Maqrizi and al-'Ayni as Historians of Contemporary Events by Donald P. Little
Al-Maqrizi and Ibn Khaldun, Historians of the Unseen by Robert Irwin
Royal Authority, Justice, and Order in Society: The Influence of Ibn Khaldun on the Writings of al-Maqrizi and Ibn Taghribirdi by Anne F. Broadbridge
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume VII, no. 1 (2003) Mamluk Literature

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Individual articles:
Mamluk Literature by Robert Irwin
Poetry for Easy Listening: Insijam and Related Concepts in Ibn Hijjah's Khizanat al-Adab by Geert Jan van Gelder
Communication and Emotion: The Case of Ibn Nubatah's Kindertotenlieder by Thomas Bauer
An Alexandrian Age in Fourteenth-Century Damascus: Twin Commentaries on Two Celebrated Arabic Epistles by Everett Rowson
Vindicating a Profession or a Personal Career? Al-Qalqashandi's Maqamah in Context by Muhsin Jassim al-Musawi
The First Layer of the Sirat Baybars: Popular Romance and Political Propaganda by Thomas Herzog
The Shadow Play in Mamluk Egypt: The Genre and Its Cultural Implications by Amila Buturovic
The Devil's Advocate: Ibn Daniyal's Art of Parody in His Qasidah No. 71 by Li Guo
Living Love: The Mystical Writings of 'A'ishah al-Ba'uniyah (d. 922/1516) by Th. Emil Homerin
Laila 'Ali Ibrahim, 1917–2002 (obituary) by Nasser Rabbat
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume VI (2002)

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Individual articles:
"Mediators and Wanderers": Ulrich Haarmann and Mamluk Studies by W. W. Clifford
Notes on Mamluk Madrasahs by Donald P. Little
Awlad al-Nas as Founders of Pious Endowments: The Waqfiyah of Yahya ibn Tughan al-Hasani of the Year 870/1465 by Stephan Conermann and Suad Saghbini (Alternate verion with higher resolution images: 9MB)
Religious Endowments and Succession to Rule: The Career of a Sultan's Son in the Fifteenth Century by Lucian Reinfandt
The Privatization of "Justice" Under the Circassian Mamluks by Robert Irwin
Sultan al-Ghawri and the Arts by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Between Qadis and Muftis: To Whom Does the Mamluk Sultan Listen? by Leonor Fernandes
What Ibn Khaldun Saw: The Judiciary of Mamluk Egypt by Morimoto Kosei
Aspects of Islamization of Space and Society in Mamluk Jerusalem and Its Hinterland by Nimrod Luz
Perception of Architecture in Mamluk Sources by Nasser Rabbat
Qaytbay's Diplomatic Dilemma Concerning the Flight of Cem Sultan (1481-82) by Ralph S. Hattox
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume V (2001)

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Individual articles:
The Mamluk System of Rule in the Eyes of Western Travelers by Ulrich Haarmann
Mamluk Egyptian Copper Coinage Before 759/1357-1358: A Preliminary Inquiry by Warren C. Schultz
Rotting Ships and Razed Harbors: The Naval Policy of the Mamluks by Albrecht Fuess
Al-Suyuti and His Works: Their Place in Islamic Scholarship from Mamluk Times to the Present by Marlis J. Saleh
Mamluk Legitimacy and the Mongols: The Reigns of Baybars and Qalawun by Anne F. Broadbridge
Qalawun's Patronage of the Medical Sciences in Thirteenth-Century Egypt by Linda S. Northrup
The Sultan, the Tyrant and the Hero: Changing Medieval Perceptions of al-Zahir Baybars by Amina A. Elbendary
Arabic Studies of Mamluk Jerusalem: A Review Article by Robert Schick
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume IV (2000)

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Individual articles:
Ulrich Haarmann, 1942-1999 (obituary) by Stephan Conermann
Under Western Eyes: A History of Mamluk Studies by Robert Irwin
Storytelling, Preaching, and Power in Mamluk Cairo by Jonathan P. Berkey
Silver Coins of the Mamluk Sultan Qalawun (678-689/1279-1290) from the Mints of Cairo, Damascus, Hamah, and al-Marqab by Elisabeth Puin
Nile Floods and the Irrigation System in Fifteenth-Century Egypt by Stuart J. Borsch
The Sultan Who Loved Sufis: How Qaytbay Established a Shrine Complex in Dasuq by Helena Hallenberg
The Social Implications of Textile Development in Fourteenth-Century Egypt by Bethany Walker (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 18MB)
The Patronage of al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun, 1310-1341 by Howayda al-Harithy
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume III (1999)

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Individual articles:
David Ayalon, 1914-1998 (obituary) by Reuven Amitai
"Quis Custodiet Custodes?" Revisited: The Prosecution of Crime in the Late Mamluk Sultanate by Carl F. Petry
Mamluk Art and Architectural History: A Review Article by Jonathan Bloom
Saving Muslim Souls: The Khanqah and the Sufi Duty in Mamluk Lands by Th. Emil Homerin
Academic Rivalry and the Patronage System in Fifteenth-Century Egypt: al-'Ayni, al-Maqrizi, and Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani by Anne F. Broadbridge
Environmental Hazards, Natural Disasters, Economic Loss, and Mortality in Mamluk Syria by William Tucker
Qaytbay's Madrasahs in the Holy Cities and the Evolution of Haram Architecture by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Makki "al-Shahid al-Awwal" (d. 1384) and the Shi'ah of Syria by Stefan H. Winter
Mamluk Monetary History: A Review Essay by Warren C. Schultz
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume II (1998)

Mamluk Studies Review Volume I (1997)

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MARLIS J. SALEH, The University of Chicago

Associate Editor
FRÉDÉRIC BAUDEN, University of Liège

Editorial Board
REUVEN AMITAI, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
DORIS BEHRENS-ABOUSEIF, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
ANNE F. BROADBRIDGE, University of Massachusetts
VANESSA DE GIFIS, Wayne State University
LI GUO, University of Notre Dame
TH. EMIL HOMERIN, University of Rochester
R. STEPHEN HUMPHREYS, University of California, Santa Barbara
IGARASHI DAISUKE , University of Tokyo
DONALD P. LITTLE, McGill University
JOHN L. MELOY, American University of Beirut
CARL F. PETRY, Northwestern University
WARREN C. SCHULTZ, DePaul University
BETHANY J. WALKER, Missouri State University
PATRICK WING, Ghent University
JOHN E. WOODS, The University of Chicago

Founder and Editor Emeritus
BRUCE D. CRAIG, The University of Chicago

OLAF G. NELSON, The University of Chicago

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Mamluk Studies Review is an annual refereed journal devoted to the study of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria (648-922/1250-1517). Since volume XIII, no. 1, Mamluk Studies Review has been published not in conventional print format, but as an open-access online publication. The goals of Mamluk Studies Review are to take stock of scholarship devoted to the Mamluk era, nurture communication within the field, and promote further research by encouraging the critical discussion of all aspects of this important medieval Islamic polity. The journal includes both articles and reviews of recent books. Submissions of original work on any aspect of the field are welcome, although the editorial board will periodically issue volumes devoted to specific topics and themes. Mamluk Studies Review also solicits edited texts and translations of shorter Arabic source materials (waqf deeds, letters, fatawa and the like), and encourages discussions of Mamluk era artifacts (pottery, coins, etc.) that place these resources in wider contexts. All questions regarding style should be resolved through reference to The Chicago Manual of Style. Transliterated Middle Eastern languages should conform to the system utilized by the Library of Congress (see the conversion chart near the end of each volume) using a Unicode font that contains all necessary diacritical marks. Submissions may be made via email, but authors may be required to send a printed copy and/or a CD-ROM which includes the article, all figures and illustrations, and any special fonts used. Please contact the editor (ideally before creating the files) for specifications relevant to illustrations, photos, maps and other graphics. Articles which diverge widely from format and style guidelines may not be accepted, and illustrations which do not meet the requirements set forth by the editors may not be usable.

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School of Mamluk Studies

  • 2015 Conference, Belgium
  • 2016 Conference, Chicago
  • About SMS
  • 2014 Conference, Venice

Second Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, Liège, June 25–June 28, 2015

Conference Program

Download the program as a PDF here: SMS2015finalschedule.pdf

Practical Information for Participants

Details about conference fees, venues, accommodations, travel and other useful information can be found in the PDF sent to participants. Download it here: SMS-2015-Liege-practicalinformation.pdf

Intensive course: A Holistic Approach to Manuscript Studies
A three-day intensive course intended for advanced graduate students, given by Prof. Dr. Frédéric Bauden (University of Liège), will be held immediately before the conference (June 22 to June 24). The course will be focused on manuscript studies. The course, intended to help students who need to work on manuscripts for their research, will provide them with the most important tools and methods to achieve their goal. Codicology is essential to describe a manuscript and to analyze its support, but it needs to be used with other disciplines in order to apprehend a manuscript (i.e., also its text) in all its complexity. It is important to note that this course is not just about codicology: theoretical issues will be addressed in the morning sessions while afternoon sessions will be devoted to practice. To this end, they will be held at the manuscript room, where the students will have the opportunity to work on a selection of manuscripts. A very good level of Arabic is required (minimum four years of Arabic at the university level). Since the number of the participants will be limited (a maximum of 15), those who desire to take part in the course are requested to send a CV, a statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation by January 31, 2015. Course fees will amount to 300€, including attendance at the conference and the social dinner. The fees must be paid by April 30, 2015 (information on the method of payment to be used will be provided by the end of February together with the announcement of the selection of participants). Participants must make their own travel arrangements. The local organizer will provide suggestions for lodging at an affordable price. A certificate of attendance will be awarded. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of February 2015.

We look forward to meeting you in Liège.

Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège (local organizer)
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Marlis Saleh, University of Chicago

Third Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, Chicago, June 23-25, 2016

Paper and Panel Proposals

The 2016 Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies will be held at The University of Chicago.

June 23: Themed day: "Exchange in the Mumluk Sultanate: Economic and Cultural."
The act of exchanging one thing for another is ubiquitous in the history of all societies. It is found at all levels of commerce, from the local market to international trade, but it is not limited to economic matters. In the diplomatics and court practice of the Mamluk sultanate, the giving of gifts or the granting of rights, titles, or responsibilities are all forms of exchange in which the currency that facilitates the exchange is frequently something other than money. In societal relationships, ties could be strengthened by the exchange of family members via marriage, and in power relations non-tangible goods such as loyalty could be exchanged for wealth, titles, or other rewards. These are but a few examples of what exchange entails. The aim of this theme day is to focus on acts of exchange across these and other aspects of Mamluk society.
Papers will be proposed individually by their authors.

June 24-25: Panels
Organized panels on a wide range of topics will fill the final two days of the conference. Panels, of 3-4 papers, must be pre-organized. One member of the panel will be its organizer and will propose the entire panel, including the titles and abstracts of the papers as well as information about the panel members.

June 20-22: Intensive Course on Mamluk Numismatics
As with the two previous conferences, there will again be an advanced, intensive course. The topic will be Mamluk coins and related areas of study.

We will begin accepting proposals for papers and panels soon, using an online submission form.

As further details are determined, announcements will be sent, as will a Call for Papers when the submission process opens. If you wish to be notified, please complete this form:

School of Mamluk Studies

The School of Mamluk Studies (SMS) is administered by the Universities of Chicago (USA), Liège (Belgium), and Venice (Italy), respectively represented by Marlis Saleh, Frédéric Bauden, and Antonella Ghersetti. It is currently based at the University of Chicago, where Mamluk-related projects such as Mamluk Studies Review, the Chicago Online Bibliography of Mamluk Studies, and the Chicago Online Encyclopedia of Mamluk Studies are managed. The mission of SMS is to provide a scholarly forum for a holistic approach to Mamluk studies, and to foster and promote a greater awareness of the Mamluk sultanate (1250–1517). It aims to offer a forum for interdisciplinary debate focused on the Mamluk period in all its historical and cultural dimensions in order to increase, address, investigate, and exchange information and knowledge relevant to Mamluk studies in the broadest meaning of the term. Conceived as a meeting for scholars and graduate students working on any of the many aspects of the Mamluk empire, without neglecting its contacts with other regions, SMS offers to everyone working in the field of Mamluk studies the opportunity to attend annual conferences organized in turn by each of the three collaborating institutions.

Annual conferences will be organized around general or more specific themes which scholars will be invited to address. In addition, proposals for panels on other relevant subjects may be submitted by individuals, research teams, or institutions. Accepted panels will be held at the end of the thematic conference. On an irregular basis, SMS will also organize seminars in various fields (such as diplomatics, paleography, codicology, numismatics, epigraphy, etc.) which will be aimed at graduate students. These seminars will be planned to take place prior to or following annual conferences at the institutions where conferences are held.

Papers presented at each conference on the selected theme will be published as a monograph, while papers presented in the panels will be considered for publication in Mamluk Studies Review.

The first annual SMS conference was held June, 2014, in Venice. The second annual conference will be held in June of 2015 in Liege, Belgium.

The First Conference of the School of Mamluk Sudies

An International Conference jointly sponsored by Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, University of Chicago, Université de Liège Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy, 23-25 June 2014

The Workshop on Mamluk Poetry, June 26-28, is below.



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Chair: Thomas Bauer

  • ÉRIC GEOFFROY,  Al-Suyuti as a Sufi
  • JAAKKO HÄMEEN ANTTILA, Al-Suyuti and Erotic Literature
  • RODICA FIRANESCU, Revisiting Love and Coquetry in Medieval Arabic Islam: al-Suyuti's Perspective
  • HEBA MOSTAFA, Al-Rawdah: Narratives of an Earthly Island Paradise in al-Suyuti’s Kawkab al-Rawdah fi Tarikh Jazirat Misr al-Musammah bi-al-Rawdah

Chair: Jaakko Hämeen Anttila

  • STEPHEN R. BURGE, Al-Suyuti’s Qur'anic Hermeneutics Revised: A Comparison of his Tahbir and Itqan
  • MAHMOOD IBRAHIM, Social Origin of Qur'anic Abrogation: Al-Suyuti on the Issue of Naskh
  • JOEL BLECHER, Al-Suyuti and the Art of Hadith Commentary: The Case of Ta'zir
  • FRANCESCO  GRANDE,  L’histoire  tend  au  système:  The  Protohistory  of  Arabic  in  the Muzhir of al-Suyuti

Chair: Frédéric Bauden

  • MUSTAFA  BANISTER,  Casting the Caliph in a Cosmic Role: The Transmission of al- Suyuti’s Historical Vision
  • CHRISTIAN   MAUDER,  Jalal  al-Din  al-Suyuti’s  Stance  Toward  Worldly  Power:  a Reexamination Based on Unpublished Sources
  • TAKAO ITO, Al-Suyuti and Problems of the Waqf
  • JUDITH KINDINGER, Reconceiving the Taylasan in al-Suyuti’s Works

Chair: Marlis Saleh

  • MICHELE PETRONE, Al-Suyuti in the Catalogues of West African Collections of Manuscripts
  • CHRISTOPHER   BAHL,  The  Raf'  Sha'n  al-Hubshan  by  Jalal  al-Din  al-Suyuti  or "Preservation Through Elaboration in the 'Historicisation' of the Abyssinians"
  • YOSHUAA PATEL, Al-Suyuti on the Relative Value of Skin Color

JUNE 24, 2014 PANELS

Panel 1: Venice and Mamluk Egypt (Maria Pia Pedani)

  • MARIA PIA PEDANI, Mamluk-Venetian Relations
  • GEORG CHRIST, Urban Transhumance: Mamluk Imperial Power and Venetian Trade between Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta (Early 15th Century)
  • YUTAKA HORII, The Venetian Consul and Trade in Late Mamluk Egypt
  • ALESSIO SOPRACASA, The Mamluk Economic and Administrative Apparatus Managing the International Trade in Alexandria between the Second Half of the 15th  and the Beginning of the 16th Century (with Some Topographical Elements Related)

Panel 2: Mamluk Palestine and Bilad al-Sham (Yaacov Lev)

  • YAACOV LEV, The 666/1267–1268 Truce between Sultan Baybars and Hugh III of Acre: Political and Geographical Aspects
  • JOSEPH DRORY, Arqutay, an Influential Safed Governor and Cairene Statesman
  • YEHOSHUA  FRENKEL,  Mamluk  Bilad  al-Sham:  The  Contribution  of  Environmental History to the Study of Land Tenure
  • HANA TARAGAN, Mamluk Patronage, Crusader Memories: Spolia and Appropriation in 13th-Century Bilad al-Sham

Panel 3: The “Archival Turn,” or How Mamluk Diplomacy Serves Mamluk History (Malika Dekkiche)

  • FRÉDÉRIC BAUDEN, Bandar al-Tur, a Harbor on the Red Sea and its Significance for the Mamluks
  • MARINA RUSTOW, An Unpublished Mamluk Legal Document from the Cairo Geniza
  • TAMER EL-LEITHY, The Biography of a Coptic Alley in Cairo: Reproducing Home and Family, Rethinking (Dhimmi) Community and (Muslim) Courts

JUNE 25, 2014 PANELS

Panel 4: Scribal Culture and Practice in the Mamluk Empire (Elias Muhanna – Adam Talib)

  • ELIAS MUHANNA, Innovation and Tradition in Scribal (Best) Practices: The Concept of Istilah in Chancery Literature
  • KONRAD HIRSCHLER, Moving beyond the Centre: Scribes in the Officers’ Administration
  • MAURICE  POMERANTZ,  The  Administrative  Imaginary:  Governance,  Geography,  and Trade in a Maqamah Collection of the 8th/14th Century
  • ADAM TALIB, The Professional Professionals: The Illusion of Personality in the Works of Ibn Hijjah al-Hamawi and His Fellow Scribal Professionals
  • VALENTINA  SAGARIA  ROSSI,  The  «Mise  en  texte»  of  Some  Manuscripts  of  al-Safadi's  al- Wafi bi-al-wafayat: Techniques and Models

Panel 5 Boundaries of Epistemological Models in the Mamluk Period (Caterina Bori – Livnat Holtzmann; chair: Giovanna Calasso)

  • CATERINA BORI, Firasah as a Source of Legal Judgment, or a “Semeiotic” Paradigm in the Service of Justice
  • GIUSEPPE CECERE, Sanctity and Knowledge in Ibn 'Ata' Allah al-Iskandari: A Sunni Sufi
  • FRANK GRIFFEL, The Epistemological Foundation of Ibn Taymiyah’s Critique Against Mainstream Ash'arism
  • LIVNAT  HOLTZMANN,  The  Dream-Interpreter  and  the  Later  Hanbalis:  Regulating Oneiromancy in Mamluk Damascus

Panel 6 Marked Bodies: Meanings and Practices (Marion Katz)

  • MARION HOLMES KATZ, Fattening up in Medieval Cairo: Religion, Medicine, and the Social Meanings of Body Size
  • RICHARD MCGREGOR, Thinking about Looking: Relics and the Rhetoric of the Body in Mamluk Egypt
  • KRISTINA RICHARDSON, Blue and Green Eyes in the Islamicate Middle Ages
  • SYRINX VAN HEES, Descriptions of the Body in Biographies and their Social Meanings

Panel 7 Conceiving Space in 14th-Century Syrian Hanbali Religious Thought (Livnat Holtzman)

  • ANTONIA BOSANQUET, Spacing Paradise: Ibn al-Qayyim's Discussion of Non-Muslims and the Afterlife
  • JON HOOVER, Ibn Taymiyah on God’s Relation to Space

Workshop on Mamluk Poetry, 26-28 June, 2014

Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia

Intensive course: A two-and-a-half day intensive course intended for advanced graduate students was held immediately following the conference (June 26 to June 28). The course, given by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Muenster University), focused on Mamluk poetry. A certificate of attendance was awarded.

MEDOC and Mamluk Studies Resources

MEDOC is a research unit supporting scholarly work in Middle Eastern Studies. It is currently undertaking a number of projects to this end.

MEDOC is coordinating the development, through the cooperative efforts of many libraries, of a microfilmed collection of resources pertinent to Middle Eastern Studies. The Catalogue of Microforms Projects in Ottoman, Persian and Arabic represents the fruits of this ongoing project.

MEDOC publishes and serves as the editorial focal point for Mamluk Studies Review.

The most well-known online project of MEDOC is the The Chicago Online Bibliography of Mamluk Studies, two searchable databases listing primary and secondary literature from or relating to the Mamluk period.

MEDOC has several online projects in development:
The Chicago Online Encyclopedia of Mamluk Studies
will be a definitive reference source for topics having to do with the study of Egypt and Syria from 1250 to 1517. It is intended to fill lacunae in existing resources such as the Encyclopedia of Islam. As an online resource, rather than print, the Encyclopedia is able to grow indefinitely and change. The Encyclopedia will eventually provide, in addtition to an unlimited number of articles, materials which are difficult—or even impossible—to contain and update in printed resources. These include interactive maps, architectural plans and photos, archaeological results and diagrams, searchable full-text Arabic sources from the Mamluk period (including hundreds of documents and manuscripts which remain unpublished and therefore unavailable to the scholarly community), an ever-growing glossary of Mamluk terminology in Arabic and English, and an index of names, terms, and other items in all back issues of Mamluk Studies Review. The Encyclopedia will be fully searchable, and will feature topic indexes for browsing and hyperlinked cross-references within articles. The original version of the Encyclopedia exposed limitations in the underlying software and has been suspended pending the completion of the new version.

Interactive online and freely printable maps of the Mamluk Sultanate and the wider region during the Mamluk period are being drawn. When complete, these high resolution maps will be available for scholarly use, free of charge, via downloads from this site. They will be integrated with The Chicago Online Encyclopedia of Mamluk Studies and this website, and users will be able to zoom in or out and choose what details to display. The maps will also be published in Mamluk Studies Review.

The Mamluk Mint Series Web Resource was inaugurated in 2003 with support from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of this project is to create a classification system for Mamluk coins to supercede that given by Paul Balog in his 1964 book The Coinage of the Mamluk Sultans of Egypt and Syria, which cannot be conveniently expanded, and to provide online images of the Mamluk coins held in various museums and research institutes around the world. The results of this endeavor, in the form of a searchable online database, will be available in due course on this site.

The Arabic Translation Databank is an attempt to identify all translations of modern and classical Arabic literature (broadly defined) into English. Compilation and programming of the database is in progress. When a sufficient mass of items is reached, the database will be available on this site. The further intention is to make available online as many of these texts as possible, including both those which are in the public domain and those whose copyright holders grant permission. This project is being undertaken in cooperation with Mideast Medievalists.

MEDOC publishes Chicago Studies on the Middle East, on behalf of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Chicago.

MEDOC created the Mamluk Listserv as a discussion forum for scholars interested in the history and culture of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria.
To subscribe, see

Mamluk Bibliography

The Chicago Online Bibliography of Mamluk Studies is an on-going project of the Middle East Documentation Center at the University of Chicago, the aim of which is to compile comprehensive bibliographies of all primary sources relating to the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria, as well as all research and discussion--scholarly and popular--germane to the subject. The project takes the form of two bibliographies: the primary and the secondary.

Dissertation Prize

The Bruce D. Craig Prize for Mamluk Studies

The Bruce D. Craig Prize, carrying a cash award of $1,000, is given annually by Mamluk Studies Review for the best dissertation on a topic related to the Mamluk Sultanate submitted to an American or Canadian university during the preceding calendar year. In the event no dissertations are submitted, or none is deemed to merit the prize, no prize will be awarded.

To be considered for the 2014 Prize, dissertations must be defended by December 31, 2014, and submitted to the Prize Committee by January 31, 2015. Submissions should be sent electronically to Marlis J. Saleh, Editor, Mamlūk Studies Review, at


Previous Prize Winners:
2004: Tamer el-Leithy, Princeton University, "Coptic Culture and Conversion in Medieval Cairo: 1293-1524."
2005: Zayde G. Antrim, Harvard University, "Place and Belonging in Medieval Syria, 6th/12th to 8th/14th Centuries."
2006: Nahyan A. G. Fancy, University of Notre Dame, "Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafīs (d. 1288)."
2007: No prize was awarded.
2008: No prize was awarded.
2009: No prize was awarded.
2010: No prize was awarded.
2011*: Nathan C. Hofer, Emory University, "Sufism, State, and Society in Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1309"
2011*: Matthew B. Ingalls, Yale University, "Subtle Innovation Within Networks of Convention: The Life, Thought, and Intellectual Legacy of Zakariyya al- Ansari (d. 926/1520)"
2012: Elias Ibrahim Muhanna, Harvard University, "Encyclopaedism of the Mamluk Period: The Composition of Shihāb al-Dīn al-Nuwayrī’s (d. 1333) Nihāyat al-Arab fī Funūn al-Adab"


*Given the outstanding quality of the two dissertations submitted for the 2011 prize, the Committee unanimously decided to award it jointly to the two candidates.

Qalawunid Genealogy

Frédéric Bauden's extensive genealogy of the Qalawunids is available here.

A PDF of the family tree is here: Qalawunid Pedigree.