Mamluk Studies Resources

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School of Mamluk Studies

Past Conferences

Eighth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, University of Marburg, July 4-9, 2022

See the schedule of papers and panels, along with other information about this conference, here.


Seventh Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, July 1-2, 2021
Themed Day only (online)

The Seventh SMS conference was scheduled for the summer of 2020 in Nicosia, Cyprus, but was postponed to 2021 due to the global pandemic. When it became clear that it would again not be feasible to convene in person, the conference was converted to an online-only event that included just the papers for the themed day split into two sessions (July 1-2, 2021).

See the online conference schedule, including all papers presented, here.


Sixth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, June 2019, Tokyo

A PDF of the conference program, with abstracts of the papers presented, is at SMS2019-Tokyo-Program-Abstracts.pdf.


Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, July 2018, Ghent

A listing of papers presented at the 2018 SMS conference in Ghent can be seen at sms-2018-ghent.html. The Ghent conference website is


Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, May 2017, Beirut

Click here for a full list of panels and papers, including videos of most papers, at the 2017 conference in Beirut.

See the program HERE (PDF).


Third Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, June 2016, Chicago

JUNE 20-22: Intensive Course on Mamluk Numismatics

JUNE 23: Themed Day: Exchange in the Mamluk Sultanate: Economic & Cultural

Group 1 (Chair: Warren Schultz)

Group 2 (Chair: Miriam Frenkel)

Group 3 (Chair: Carl Petry)

Group 4 (Chair: Li Guo)

Group 5 (Chair: Frédéric Bauden)


Literature in Mamluk Times Revisited: Poetry, Prosimetrum and Poetics
Chair: Hakan Özkan (University of Münster)

Mamluk Receptions
Chair: Adam Talib (American University in Cairo)

Aesthetics and Performance of Knowledge: The Social and Courtly Roles of Scholarship in Mamluk Cairo
Chair: Elias G. Saba (University of Pennsylvania)

Endowments as Source for Mamluk Social History
Chair: Ahmed El Shamsy (University of Chicago)

Mamluk Patronage: An Expansion of a Traditional Concept
Chair: Iman R. Abdulfattah (University of Bonn)

Beyond Cairo and Damascus: Archaeological Contributions to the Study of Mamluk Frontiers
Chair: Bethany J. Walker (University of Bonn)

Makings of the Military and Political Elite in the Mamluk Sultanate
Chair: Nobutaka Nakamachi (Konan University)

Between Narrative Representation of Individuals and Discursive Production of Identities
Chair: Kristof D’hulster (University of Ghent)


Second Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, June 2015, Liège

Download the program here.

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.


First Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies, June 2014, Venice

Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy, 23-25 June 2014



Chair: Thomas Bauer

Chair: Jaakko Hämeen Anttila

Chair: Frédéric Bauden

Chair: Marlis Saleh


JUNE 24, 2014 PANELS

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

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

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


JUNE 25, 2014 PANELS

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

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

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

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


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.



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