History writing in Islamic Egypt was highly developed and no country in the Middle East has a richer or more developed tradition. This book is a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field, examining different authors, their works and the intellectual climate in which they flourished. Due prominence is given to the great historians of the Mamluk period (c.1260-1517) but also to the less well-known writers of the Ottoman period. The essays are also enlivened by insights into personalities and customs of the time.
This book will be of interest to historians of the Islamic world in mediaeval and modern times, and to all those who are concerned with history writing as an intellectual discourse.
Hugh Kennedy is Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and has published extensively on the Islamic World in the Middle Ages, including The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates (London, 1986) and Muslim Spain and Portugal: a political history of al-Andalus (London, 1996).
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1. Lingua Franca in the Mediterranean: John Wansborough and the Historiography of Mediaeval Egypt -- Michael Brett 1
2. Egypt and Aleppo in Ibn al-'Adim's Bughyat al-talab fi ta'rikh Halab -- David Morray 13
3. Al-Nuwayri as a Historian of the Mongols -- Reuven Amitai 23
4. Baybars al-Mansuri's Zubdat al-Fikra -- Donald Richards 37
5. 'Ali-al-Baghdadi and the Joy of Mamluk Sex -- Robert Irwin 45
6. Representing the Mamluks in Mamluk Historical Writing -- Nasser Rabbat 59
7. l'Evolution de la composition du genre de Khitat en Egypte musulmane -- Ayman Fu'ad Sayyid 77
8. Al-Maqrizi's account of the Transition from Turkish to Circassian Mamluk Sultanate: History in the Service of Faith -- Amalia Levanoni 93
9. Al-Maqrizi and Ibn Taghri Birdi as Historians of Contemporary Events -- Irmeli Perho 107
10. Al-Biqa'i's Chronicle: a Fifteenth Century Learned Man's Reflection on his Time and World -- Li Guo 121
11. Al-Maqrizi, the Master, and Abu Hamid al-Qudsi, the Disciple - Whose Historical Writing Can Claim More Topicality and Modernity? -- Ulrich Haarmann 149
12. Disruptive "Others" as Depicted in the Chronicles of the Late Mamluk Period -- Carl F. Petry 167
13. Attitudes toward the Ottomans in Egyptian Historiography during Ottoman rule -- Michael Winter 195
14. The Egyptian-Yemeni Symbiosis as Reflected (or Unreflected) in Ottoman-era Chronicles -- Jane Hathaway 211
15. Al-Jabarti's 'Aja'ib al-athar fi al-Tarajim wa'l-akhbar and the Arabic Histories of Ottoman Egypt in the Eighteenth Century -- Daniel Crecelius 221
16. The Chronicles of Ottoman Egypt: History or Entertainment -- Nelly Hanna 237
17. Egyptian History in the Modern Egyptian Novel -- Paul Starkey 251
'...a major contribution in the field of Egyptian historiography, unique in its scope and showing innovative and inspiring scholarship.'
Jo Van Steenbergen, Bibliotheca Orientalis, 2002.
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