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The historiography of protest in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt and Syria

The historiography of protest in late Mamluk and early Ottoman Egypt and Syria

By Amina Elbendary

IIAS Newsletter, Vol.43 No.9 (2007)

Introduction: History in its various forms – chronicles, biographies and biographical dictionaries – was a favourite genre in late medieval Egypt and Syria. One of the salient features of these histories is their breadth of perspective. Matters related to community and urban life including market prices, fires, murders, epidemics, floods and social relations were considered worthy of record. The writers were profoundly interested in the events of their times rather than in classical Islamic history. In the absence of archives, these histories remain our widest windows on medieval Egypt and Syria.

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