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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.

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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)

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Individual articles:
Sending Home for Mom and Dad: The Extended Family Impulse in Mamluk Politics by Anne Broadbridge
Climbing the Ladder: Social Mobility in the Mamluk Period by Irmeli Perho
The Halqah in the Mamluk Army: Why Was it Not Dissolved When It Reached Its Nadir? by Amalia Levanoni
Hanafism and the turks in al-Tarasusi's Gift for the Turks (1352) by Baki Tezcan
The Politics of Insult: The Mamluk Sultanate's Response to Criminal Affronts by Carl F. Petry
On the Brink of a New Era? Yalbugha al-Khassaki (d. 1366) and the Yalbughawiyah by Jo Van Steenbergen



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

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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

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Individual articles:
Obituary: Winslow W. Clifford, 1954–2009 by Bruce D. Craig
Introduction by Johannes Pahlitzsch
Mamluk Religious Policy by Jonathan P. Berkey
'Ilm, Shafa'ah, and Barakah: The Resources of Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Ulama by Daniella Talmon-Heller
The Collection and Edition of Ibn Taymiyah’s Works: Concerns of a Disciple by Caterina Bori
The Problem of Sufism by Richard McGregor
Idealism and Intransigence: A Christian-Muslim Encounter in Early Mamluk Times by David Thomas
A Christian Arab Gospel Book: Cairo, Coptic Museum MS Bibl. 90 in its Mamluk Context by Lucy-Anne Hunt
At the Limits of Communal Autonomy: Jewish Bids for Intervention from the Mamluk State by Marina Rustow
Book Reviews



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

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Individual articles:
Symbiotic Relations: Ulama and the Mamluk Sultans by Yaacov Lev
The Financial Reforms of Sultan Qaytbay by Igarashi Daisuke
The Sons of al-Nasir Muhammad and the Politics of Puppets: Where Did It All Start? by Frédéric Bauden
The Tribal Dimension in Mamluk-Jordanian Relations by Bethany J. Walker
An Unpublished Anthology of the Mamluk Period on Generosity and Generous Men by Antonella Ghersetti
Zulm by Mazalim? The Political Implications of the Use of Mazalim Jurisdiction by the Mamluk Sultans by Albrecht Fuess
Awqaf in Mamluk Bilad al-Sham by Yehoshua Frenkel
Book Reviews



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

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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)

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Individual articles:
Ibn Nubatah al-Misri (686–768/1287–1366): Life and Works Part I: The Life of Ibn Nubatah by Thomas Bauer
The Political Thinking of the "Virtuous Ruler," Qansuh al-Ghawri by Robert Irwin
Maqriziana II: Discovery of an Autograph Manuscript of al-Maqrizi: Towards a Better Understanding of His Working Method: Analysis by Frederic Bauden
Mamluks of Mongol Origin and Their Role in Early Mamluk Political Life by Reuven Amitai
Some Aspects of the Economic and Social Life of Ibn Taghribirdi Based on an Examination of His Waqfiyah by Hani Hamza
A Legal Instrument in the Service of People and Institutions: Endowments in Mamluk Jerusalem as Mirrored in the Haram Documents by Christian Müller
Book Reviews



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

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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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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

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Individual articles:
Mamluk Studies in Japan: Retrospect and Prospect by Sato Tsugitaka
An Analysis of 'Abd al-Basit al-Hanafi al-Malati's Description of the Year 848: On the Process of Writing History in the Late Fifteenth Century by Kikuchi Tadayoshi
The Rank and Status of Military Refugees in the Mamluk Army: A Reconsideration of the Wafidiyah by Nakamachi Nobutaka
Cairene Cemeteries as Public Loci in Mamluk Egypt by Ohtoshi Tetsuya
The Establishment and Development of al-Diwan al-Mufrad: Its Background and Implications by Igarashi Daisuke
Slave Traders and Karimi Merchants during the Mamluk Period: A Comparative Study by Sato Tsugitaka
Urban Society in Damascus as the Mamluk Era Was Ending by Miura Toru
Book Reviews



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

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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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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)

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Individual articles:
Ceramic Evidence for Political Transformations in Early Mamluk Egypt by Bethany J. Walker
Ibn Tulun (d. 955/1548): Life and Works by Stephan Conermann
Mamluk Furusiyah Literature and Its Antecedents by Shihab Al-Sarraf
Political Violence and Ideology in Mamluk Society by Daniel Beaumont
Black Camels and Blazing Bolts: The Bolt-Projecting Trebuchet in the Mamluk Army by Paul E. Chevedden (Alternate version with higher resolution images: 26MB)
The Fire of 884/1479 at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and an Account of Its Restoration by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Book Reviews



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

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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)

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Individual articles:
Ayyubids, Mamluks, and the Latin East in the Thirteenth Century by R. Stephen Humphreys
A Holograph MS of Ibn Qadi Shuhbah's "Dhayl" by David Reisman
A Geniza for Mamluk Studies? Charitable Trust (Waqf) Documents as a Source for Economic and Social History by Carl F. Petry
Sultan Qaytbay's Foundation in Medina, the Madrasah, the Ribat and the Dashishah by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
The Proposers and Supervisors of al-Rawk al-Nasiri in Mamluk Egypt by Sato Tsugitaka
Documents Related to the Estates of a Merchant and His Wife in Late Fourteenth Century Jerusalem by Donald P. Little
Book Reviews



Mamluk Studies Review Volume I (1997)

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Individual articles:
Documents as a Source for Mamluk History by Donald P. Little
Mamluk Historiographic Studies: The State of the Art by Li Guo
Ubi Sumus? Social Theory and Mamluk Studies by W. W. Clifford
Reflections on Poetry in the Mamluk Age by Th. Emil Homerin
The Mahmal Tradition and the Pilgrimage of the Ladies of the Mamluk Court by Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Mamluk Archeological Studies: A Review by Donald Whitcomb
Mamluk Architecture and the Question of Patronage by Leonor Fernandes
Book Reviews



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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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School of Mamluk Studies

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

Information regarding the Workshop on Mamluk Poetry, June 26-28, is below.



Download the schedule as a PDF


8.45-9.30: Registration

9.30-9.40: Welcome  word

9.40-11.20: 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
  • Discussion

11.20-11.40: Coffee break

11.40-13.20: 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
  • Discussion

13.20-14.40:  Lunch (free)

14.40 -16.20:  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
  • Discussion

16.20-16.40:  Coffee break

16.40-18.00:   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
  • Discussion


JUNE 24, 2014 PANELS

9.00- 10.40: 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)
  • Discussion

10.40-11.00:  Coffee break

11.00 -12.40:  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
  • Discussion

12.40-14.00:  Lunch (free)

14.00-15.20:  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
  • Discussion

15.40: guided tour to the State Archives
Important: since accessibility is limited, those who are interested in taking part in the visit are kindly required to write to the organizer ( by May 15 in order to confirm their participation .

20.00: Social dinner


JUNE 25, 2014 PANELS

09.00-11.10:  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
  • Discussion

11.10-11.30:  Coffee break

11.30-12.50:  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
  • Discussion

12.50 -14.20: Lunch (free)

14.20-16.00:  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

16.00-16.20:  Coffee break

16.20-17.20: 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

17.20-18.00  Concluding remarks

1. How to get to Venice?

By plane
You can fly into
a) Venice, Marco Polo Airport (Tessera). Most national airlines and some low-cost companies have scheduled flights into this airport. There are frequent direct (blue) buses to Venice. The journey into Venice takes about 20 minutes.

How to go from this airport to Venice:

b) Venice (Treviso) Airport. Ryanair and low cost companies fly into this airport.

How to go from this airport to Venice:

By train:
You arrive at “Santa Lucia” railway station.


2. Accommodations

We have arranged a special conference rate with the following guest houses/hotels. When you contact them and make your reservation, please mention “smsvenice2014”.

  • Casa Cardinal Piazza (religious guest house, 30 minutes from the conference venues)
    Palazzo Contarini Minelli Cannaregio, 3539/a, 30122 Venezia, tel. +39 041721388
    single room: 55 euros per night (breakfast included) (without breakfast 50 euros)
    double room: 85 euros per night (breakfast included) (without breakfast 75 euros)
    (the arrangement provides 4 nights at the price of 3)
  • Casa Sant’Andrea (10 minutes from the conference venues)
    Santa Croce 495/b Venezia, tel. +39 041 277 0945
    single room: 62 euros per night (breakfast included) (normal price 75 euros)
    double room: 100 euros per night (breakfast included) (normal price 120 euros)
  • Foresteria Levi (15–20 minutes from the conference venues)
    San Marco, 2893 - 30124 Venezia, tel. +39 041 277 0542
    single room: 120 euros per night (breakfast included)
    double room for only one perso:n 150 per night (breakfast included)
    double room: 190 per night (breakfast included)
  • Hotel Belle Arti/Domus Cavanis (15–20 minutes from the conference venues)
    Rio Terrà Foscarini, 912/A - Dorsoduro 30123
    single room: 111 euros per night (breakfast included) Please check directly with the hotel.
    double room: 168 per night (breakfast included) Please check directly with the hotel.

3. Other Hotels

  • In Venice you have a large choice of hotels, pensions, and B&Bs, but usually they are rather expensive. You can easily find some addresses by visiting sites like venere, tripadvisor, etc.
  • You could also consider lodging in religious guest houses ( or on the mainland (Mestre), where hotels are far less expensive.
  • To get to Venice from Mestre, it is possible to take a bus (15 to 20 minutes to get to Venice Piazzale Roma) or a train (10 minutes to get to Santa Lucia railway station).

4. Tourist information

Tourist information can be obtained by visiting the following site:

5. Transportation

  • Venice is a small town and Venetians usually go around on foot. You can also use the gondola ferry service, “traghetto,” for less than 1 euro, which will bring you from one side of the Grand Canal to the other. Water cabs are very expensive, and so are public service boats.
  • If you want to visit the city or travel by boat you may wish to purchase a tourist ticket for the duration of your stay in Venice as soon as you arrive. This allows you to save money. You can get information at the “vaporetto” desks or at the site of ACTV, the Venetian transportation company,

6. Conference Venues

  • The conference will be held from Monday, June 23, to Wednesday, June 25, at Auditorium Santa Margherita, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, 30123 Venezia.
  • For information about Ca’ Foscari University, you may look at the University website: (MAP).
    A farewell dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening. More information will be provided in the final program.

7. Registration fees

Registration fees (40 euros for participants and attendees) and the cost of the farewell dinner (50 euros) must be paid in cash at the conference registration desk. Those who wish to attend the farewell dinner are kindly requested to send a confirmation message to before May 25.

8. Attendance

Those who wish to attend the conference are invited to register by sending a message to the organizers ( before April 30. We won't be able to accept registration after that date.

9. Wi-fi access

The participants will have free internet connection for the days of the conference. Please refer to to request the connection. Once you have completed the procedure, you must send to the organizer ( a copy of the identity document (such as a passport) you have chosen for the identification process (requirement of Italian law). Please note that the process will be successful only once the copy of said document has been received by the organizer. You are advised to register for this service at least one week before the start of the conference.

Information for the Workshop on Mamluk Poetry, 26-28 June, 2014

Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy, 23-25 June 2014 First Conference of the School of Mamlūk Sudies


A. Cheap Hostels in Venice

  • Residenza Junghans (30 minutes from the workshop venues, by boat and on foot)
    Terzo ramo della Palada, 394 Giudecca – Venezia Tel. 041.5210801 Fax. 041.5210980, site cle&id=203&Itemid=80. This guest-house is located in a former watch-making area (Junghans), which has been restored recently, in Giudecca Island (boat stop « Palanca »). It is a very nice place at unbeatable prices. You will have to take a boat (vaporetto) (frequency each 10 minutes) to go to the conference venues (boat stop “Zattere”). The journey to Ca’ Cappello takes about 30-40 minutes.
  • Ostello Santa Fosca (25-30 minutes on foot from the workshop venues)
    Fondamenta Canal, Cannaregio 2372
    30121 - Venezia
    Phone: (+39) 041 715775
    Fax: (+39) 041 715775
  • Ostello Venezia (40 minutes from the workshop venues, by boat and on foot) Fondamenta Zitelle 86 30100 Venezia +39 041 877 8288
  • Domus Civica (10 minutes on foot from the workshop venues) San Polo, 3082 - 30125 Venezia - -

B. More expensive


Conference and Workshop Venues

The conference will be held from Monday, June 23, to Wednesday, June 25, at Auditorium Santa Margherita, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3689, 30123 Venezia. For information about Ca’ Foscari University, you may look up the University site (MAP).

The workshop will be held in Ca’ Cappello, San Polo 2035, room D (


Payment of fees

Payment of the course fees (250 euros, which includes attendance at the conference) must be paid through PayPal ( by April 30. Please note that in case of cancellation before June 1, only the amount of 225 euros (due to transfer fees) will be refunded through PayPal. After that date no refunds will be possible. A receipt will be delivered at the beginning of the course on Thursday, June 26.

Additional information regarding the conference, travel and transportation have already been given in the first circular of the conference, above.

First Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Venice, June 23-June 25, 2014
Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the First Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, which will be held at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, from June 23 to June 25, 2014.

The conference will be divided into two parts and will be followed by a two-and-a-half day intensive course on Mamlūk poetry (June 26–28):

1) The first day of the conference (June 23) will be themed. The theme of this first part of the conference will be al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505). This Egyptian polymath has been chosen as representative of a period in which encyclopaedism was extensively practised. The wide gamut of the disciplines with which he dealt will allow specialists in different fields, from historiography to science, from grammar to Quranic exegesis, from law to literature, to throw new light on the intellectual profile of this author and to enhance the assessment of his contribution to the intellectual life of the Mamluk period. A maximum of 12 paper proposals will be selected. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes, plus ten minutes for discussion.

2) The following two days of the conference (June 24–25) will be structured in panels, which may focus on any aspect of the intellectual, political, social, and economic life of the Mamluk period. The panels will be organized into presentations of three to four papers of twenty minutes each. Panel proposals must be made by a representative, who will be responsible for its organization.

Language: The official language of the conference will be English.

Fees: The conference registration fee will be 40 € for participants and attendees. A farewell dinner will take place on the last day (June 25) at a cost of 50 €. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. A list of hotels and residences offering a wide range of prices will be sent together with the first circular.

Proposals: Paper proposals on al-Suyuti and panel proposals must be sent to the address of the conference ( by December 15, 2013. The paper proposals should provide the name and a one-page CV of the speaker, a provisional title, and an abstract of a maximum of 300 words per paper. Panel proposals must be submitted as such, including the relevant information for each component paper as well as the name of the panel’s chair.

Acceptance: Paper and panel proposals will be peer-reviewed. A first circular will be sent by January 2014 to those whose proposals have been accepted, and to those who have expressed interest in attending the conference as listeners.

Publication: Selected papers will be published in Mamluk Studies Review or in other venues to be determined.

Intensive course: A two-and-a-half day intensive course intended for advanced graduate students will be held immediately following the conference (June 26 to June 28). The course, given by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer (Muenster University), will be focused on Mamluk poetry. 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, 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 the end of January 2014. Course fees will amount to 250€, including attendance at the conference. 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 2014.

We look forward to meeting you in Venice.

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

Announcement: School of Mamluk Studies

The School of Mamluk Studies (SMS) is administered by the Universities of Chicago (Ill., 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.

The annual conferences will be organized around a general or a more specific theme 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 the annual conference in the institution where the conference is held.

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

The first annual SMS conference is planned for 2014 in Venice. A call for papers will go out in 2013.

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 2012 Prize, dissertations must be defended by December 31, 2012, and submitted to the Prize Committee by January 31, 2013. Submissions should be sent to:

Chair, Prize Committee
Mamluk Studies Review
Pick Hall 201
5828 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

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)"

*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.