Mamluk Studies Resources

The Middle East Documentation Center at The University of Chicago

School of Mamluk Studies

About SMS

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 annual SMS conference has been held in Venice (2014), Liège (2015), Chicago (2016), Beirut (2017), Ghent (2018), Tokyo (2019), Nicosia (online, 2021), and Marburg (2022). The Ninth SMS Conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), in June of 2023.


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