The Mamluks

26 Sep, 2013 950 History of Asia

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Mamluks, who ruled Egypt and Syria from about 1250 to 1517. Originally slave soldiers who managed to depose their masters, they went on to repel the Mongols and the Crusaders to become the dominant force in the medieval Islamic Middle Eastern world. Although the Mamluks were renowned as warriors, under their rule art, crafts and architecture blossomed. Little known by many in the West today, the Mamluks remained in power for almost 300 years until they were eventually overthrown by the Ottomans.

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  • Amira Bennison 10 episodes
    Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Magdalene College
  • Robert Irwin 4 episodes
    Former Senior Research Associate in the Department of History at SOAS, University of London
  • Doris Behrens-Abouseif No other episodes
    Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London

Reading list

  • Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks
    Esin Atil (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981) Google Books →
  • Cairo of the Mamluks
    Doris Behrens-Abouseif (I B Tauris, 2007) Google Books →
  • The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo
    Jonathan Berkey (Princeton, 1992) Google Books →
  • Soldiers of Fortune: The Story of the Mamluks
    John Glubb (Stein and Day, 1973) Google Books →
  • The Age of the Crusades: The Near East from the the Eleventh Century to 1517
    P. M. Holt (Longman, 1986) Google Books →
  • The Middle East in the Middle Ages: The Early Mamluk Sultanate 1250-1382
    Robert Irwin (Croom Helm, 1986) Google Books →
  • Qur'ans of the Mamluks
    David James (Thames and Hudson, 1988) Google Books →
  • Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages
    Ira M. Lapidus (Cambridge University Press, 1987) Google Books →
  • A Turning Point in Mamluk History: The Third Reign of al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn Qalawun (1310-1341)
    Amalia Levanoni (Brill, 1995) Google Books →
  • The Mamluks 1250-1517
    David Nicolle (Osprey, 1993) Google Books →
  • Protectors or Praetorians? The Last Mamluk Sultans and Egypt's Waning as a Great Power
    Carl F. Petry (State University of New York, 1994) Google Books →
  • The Lion of Egypt: Sultan Baybars I and the Near East in the Thirteenth Century
    Peter Thorau (Longman, 1992) Google Books →
  • The Knights of Islam: The Wars of the Mamluks
    James Waterson (Greenhill Books, 2007) Google Books →

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