Mamluk Studies Resources

The Middle East Documentation Center at The University of Chicago

Ninth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
June 8-10, 2023


SMS 2023

The Ninth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be held at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), June 8-10, 2023. The conference will be conducted in two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on the history of the Arabic language during the Mamluk period.

To register for the conference, please visit the registration page.



Thursday, June 8, 2023
Themed Day: The Languages of the Mamluk Sultanate

10:00-11:00 Registration, coffee and pastries (Petteruti Lounge)


11:00-11:15 Welcome remarks from SMS organizing committee


11:15-12:30 Papers 1 and 2


12:30-2:00 Lunch break


2:00-3:15 Papers 3 and 4


3:15-3:45 Coffee Break


3:45-5:00 Papers 5 and 6


5:00 Welcome reception in Leung Family Gallery


Friday, June 9, 2023: Panels

9:00-11:00 Panel 1: African Diasporas in Mamluk Egypt and Syria
Panel Chair and organizer: Julien Loiseau


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-1:00 Panel 2: Textual Encounters: Contesting Literary and Ideological Boundaries under the Mamluks
Panel Chair and Organizer: Omer Ilgezdi


1:00-2:30 Lunch break


Panel 3: From Cairo to Jerusalem and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Readings of Mamluk Society and Scholarship
Panel Chair and Organizer: Mustafa Banister


5:00 End of Friday panels


Saturday, June 10, 2023: Panels


Panel 4: Mamluks and Ethnicity in the Circassian Period
Panel Organizer: Hannah Barker
Panel Chair: Koby Yosef


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Panel 5: Nahda/Mamluk Entanglements
Panel Organizer: Betty Rosen
Panel Chair: Maha Abdelmegeed


1:00-2:00 Lunch Break


2:30-4:00 Panel 6: Miscellaneous topics
Panel Chair: Miriam Frenkel


4:00 Concluding Remarks


4:15 End of conference


6:00 Farewell Dinner at Mill's Tavern<



a) Themed day: The conference organizers expect that a selection of papers from the themed day will be published in a volume of proceedings, pending interest from scholarly publishers.

b) Panels: Selected papers will be published in Mamlūk Studies Review.



The conference registration fees will be $50 for participants and attendees. For those interested, there will be a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, at a cost to be determined. Payment of the fees must be received by April 30, 2023, and information on the method of payment to be used will be provided in the first circular.

Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


Intensive course: Arabic in the Mamluk Period

Prior to the conference, Professor Marina Rustow (Princeton University) and Professor Phillip Stokes (University of Tennessee) will offer a three-day intensive course (June 5-7) on the history of the Arabic language during the Mamluk period. The course will present an overview and history of the different varieties of Arabic attested in Mamluk-era sources, with a focus on Judeo-Arabic, Christian Arabic, and other forms of Middle Arabic.

Students will be introduced to the major repositories of documents that are sources for the linguistic history of this period, such as the Cairo Geniza, Saint Catherine’s Monastery, and the Haram al-Sharif documents. The course is intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants, and will combine lecture and discussion with hands-on investigation of Mamluk-era materials. Advanced proficiency in Classical Arabic is required, but no other specialized training is necessary to attend.


Please contact Elias Muhanna with any questions:



We look forward to meeting you in Providence!

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

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