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By Il Kwang Sung

This booklet explores how glossy Egyptians comprehend the Mamluks and divulges the ways that that old reminiscence is applied for political and ideological reasons. It particularly examines the representations of the Mamluks from old classes: the Mamluk Sultanate period (1250–1517) and the Mamluks lower than the Ottoman period (1517–1811) focusing totally on the years 1760–1811. even though the Mamluks have had a very good impression at the Egyptian collective reminiscence and smooth notion, the topic up to now has infrequently been researched heavily, with such a lot analyses given to stereotypical unfavourable representations of the Mamluks in ancient works. besides the fact that, many Egyptian historians and intellectuals offered the Mamluk period absolutely, or even symbolized the Sultans as nationwide icons. This booklet sheds gentle at the heretofore-neglected confident dimensions of the multifaceted representations of the Mamluks and addresses the ways that sleek Egyptians make the most of that collective memory.

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Syria resembles to a camel that is lying quietly. In Syria as in Egypt, the burden of exactions and confiscation of all kinds had eventually become intolerable and we see reappearance of turning point in history similar to that which was inaugurated in the Muslim period. 32 In sum, Wiet devoted a great deal of his book, nearly 240 pages, to covering the Mamluk Sultanate period, compared to the 117 pages of both periods of Ayyūbids and Fāṭimids. From a thematic point of view, Wiet stressed military success as well as the development of architecture, industry, and agriculture in the Mamluk Sultanate era, which clearly indicates Wiet’s favoring of the Mamluk Sultans.

Ibid. 88. Ibid. 89.  28. 90.  33. 91. Ibid. 92.  32. 93.  12. 94.  16. REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MAMLUKS IN SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS (1921–1949) 41 95.  26. 96.  15. 97.  17. 98.  15. 99.  156. 100.  154. 101.  157. 102.  158. 103.  172. 104. Ibid. 105.  156. 106.  4. 107.  3. 108.  155. 109.  162. 110.  158. 111. Ibid. 112.  165. 113.  163. 114.  7. 115.  6. 116. Ibid. 117.  25–26. 118.  31. 119.  48. 120.  55. CHAPTER 3 Representations of the Mamluks in ‘Ā bdı̄n Project Historians’ Literatures MAMLUK SULTANATE ERA (1250–1517) Before discussing in detail the representations of the Mamluks in historical works of the ‘Ābdı̄n Project, it is essential to address the ‘Ābdı̄n Project itself in order to critically view monarchic historiography within the relevant historical context.

166. 82.  167. 83.  168. 84.  5. 85.  6. 86. Ibid. 87. Ibid. 88. Ibid. 89.  28. 90.  33. 91. Ibid. 92.  32. 93.  12. 94.  16. REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MAMLUKS IN SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS (1921–1949) 41 95.  26. 96.  15. 97.  17. 98.  15. 99.  156. 100.  154. 101.  157. 102.  158. 103.  172. 104. Ibid. 105.  156. 106.  4. 107.  3. 108.  155. 109.  162. 110.  158. 111. Ibid. 112.  165. 113.  163. 114.  7. 115.  6. 116. Ibid. 117.  25–26. 118.  31. 119.  48. 120.  55. CHAPTER 3 Representations of the Mamluks in ‘Ā bdı̄n Project Historians’ Literatures MAMLUK SULTANATE ERA (1250–1517) Before discussing in detail the representations of the Mamluks in historical works of the ‘Ābdı̄n Project, it is essential to address the ‘Ābdı̄n Project itself in order to critically view monarchic historiography within the relevant historical context.

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