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Land Tenure, Fiscal Policy and Imperial Policy in Medieval Syro-Egypt

By Daisuke Igarashi

Land Tenure, Fiscal Policy and Imperial Policy in Medieval Syro-Egypt
Hardback, 264 pages £57.00
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780970819994
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Subjects: Arabic and Islamic Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle East Documentation Center
Series: Chicago Studies on the Middle East

This book aims to examine the structural changes in the state and society in Mamluk Egypt and Syria after the middle of the eighth/fourteenth century. Between 648/1250 and 922/1517, the Mamluk sultanate ruled Egypt, Syria, and the Hijaz, the central Middle East. During this period, the sultanate expanded its authority over the medieval Islamic world by defending Muslim society against the Mongols and the Crusades, protecting the two Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and reinstalling the Abbasid caliphate in Cairo, which had once been rendered extinct by the Mongol invasion of Baghdad in 656/1258. The Mamluk sultanate reached the height of prosperity under the third reign of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun. The scope of the present book is from 741/1341 to 922/1517, that is, the period from the death of Sultan al-Nasir to the year of the sultanate's downfall after the Ottoman conquest of the area, respectively. This has previously been considered to be the "declining period" of the Mamluk sultanate, which suffered acutely from political disturbance and economic struggle . However, the author believes that the period after the middle of the eighth/fourteenth century was an important epoch not only for the historical development of the Mamluk sultanate but also in terms of medieval Islamic history as a whole.


I. The Political System in the Post al-Nasir Muhammad Era: The Formation Process of the Circassian Mamluk Sultanate

II. The Establishment and Development of al-Diwan al-Mufrad

Table 1. Egyptian Nahiyahs assigned to al-Diwan al-Mufrad in the reigns of Qaytbay and Barquq

Table 2. Financial difficulties in al-Diwan al-Mufrad (1)

Table 3. Financial difficulties in al-Diwan al-Mufrad (2)

III. Sultanic Private Property and Diwan al-Amlak

Table 4. Assets Listed in Waqf Deeds Issued by Barquq

Table 5. Geographic distribution of assets

Table 6. Types of assets

Table 7. Barquq's Waqf Lands Listed in Tuhfah

Table 8. Situations in which Barquq acquired property or endowed waqfs

Table 9. Barquq's Agent (wakil)

IV. The Evolution of the Sultanic Fisc and al-Dhakhirah

Table 10. People appointed as sultan's private financier and their titles

V. The Fiscal System in the Late Mamluk Period

VI. Religious Endowments and Changes in the Landholding System

Table 13. Military offices that customarily held additional posts as administrators of waqf-financed institutions


Appendix: Sultans and Atabaks in the Late Bahri Mamluk Period


Publication Details:

 Hardback , 264 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS026000, HIS037010
 Middle East Documentation Center


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