The Delectable War between Mutton and the Refreshments of the Market-Place: Rereading the Curious Tale of the Mamluk Era

At some point in XV century, Ahmad Ibn Yahya Ibn Hasan al-Haggar composed a curious narrative titled ‘Kitab al-harb alma suq bayna lahm ad-da’n wa-hawadir as-suq’ (‘The Delectable War between Mutton and the Refreshments of the Market-Place’).

Medieval cesspit in Jerusalem reveals 15th century diseases

Analysis of a latrine in Jerusalem that dates back over 500 years finds human parasites common in northern Europe yet very rare in Middle East at the time, suggesting long-distance trade or pilgrimage routes and shedding light on prevalent infectious diseases of the age.

An Unknown Female Martyr from Jerusalem

In the present article we edit the fragment of a text related to an unnamed female new martyr from Jerusalem from the time of John XIII.

Drug Overdose, Disability and Male Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Mamluk Cairo

Shihab al-Din al-Hijazi (1388-1471) was an unexceptional legal student in Mamluk Cairo, who, at the age of 24, overdosed on marking nut, a potent plant drug valued for its memory-enhancing properties

Ibn Wāṣil: An Ayyūbid Perspective on Frankish Lordships and Crusades

Ibn Wāṣil (604/1208-697/1298) was a relatively prominent scholar and administrator who had close links with the political and military elites of Ayyūbid- and early Mamlūk-period Egypt and Syria throughout his career.

Environmental Effects in the Agriculture of Medieval Egypt

Agriculture has been the main source of the economy for all dynasties established in Egypt and the Mamluk kingdom was no exception.

Christmas Books: Great Medieval Fiction Reads for the Christmas Holidays!

Some medieval stocking stuffers for the historians on your Christmas list!

From Montpèlerin to Tarabulus al-Mustajadda: The Frankish-Mamluk Succession in Old Tripoli

Modern Tripoli still shows the division into two different urban areas existing since the Middle Ages. Until the arrival of the Crusaders Tripoli merely consisted of the ancient town on the coast.

Bīmāristān Al-Manṣūrī: State and Medical Practice in Mamluk Egypt (1285-1390)

The Bīmāristān was the major part of a huge complex built in the center of Cairo in 1285 by the Mamluk Sultan al-Manṣūr Qalāwūn, who was the founder of the Qalāwūnid dynasty/dawlah that ruled the Mamluk empire for over a century

The 727/1327 Silk Weavers’ Rebellion in Alexandria: Religious Xenophobia, Homophobia, or Economic Grievances

A brawl in the streets of 14th century Alexandria between Egyptians and Europeans – what caused it?

The Indigenous Christians of the Arabic Middle East in an Age of Crusaders, Mongols, and Mamlūks (1244-1366)

The chronological period of study is highlighted by the usurpation of the Ayyūbid-ruled Sultanate by the Baḥrī Mamlūks, while the two most important political-military events in the region were the collapse of the Crusader States and the invasion of the Mongols. This thesis will examine how events impacted on the nine Christian Confessions, treating each separately.

Crusader sword sells for £163,250

A rare medieval sword, which had been given to the Mamluk rulers of Egypt and then looted from them by the same Crusader king, sold for £163,250 at auction this week, with an entire collection taking in bids over £ 1 million.

“Qa’idat al-Mamlakah”: Structural Changes in Taxation and Fiscal Administration during the Reign of al-Nasir Muhammad bin Qalawun

Al-Nasir Muhammad’s reign was defined by his reorganization of the tax system and investment in the agricultural infrastructure of the sultanate in a manner which fundamentally altered the economic structure of the Mamluk state.

Curricula and educational process in Mamluk Madrasas

This study examined and discussed about the process of education in Egypt and Syria during the Mamluk Era (1250 – 1517).

Food and Cooking during the Mamluk Era: Social and Political Implications

The preparation of food was of interest mainly to the top echelon of the Mamluk ruling elite, to members of the civilian upper class who were able to cook food at home, and to the professional cooks who kept shops catering to the vast urban lower classes.

Sultans with Horns: The Political Significance of Headgear in the Mamluk Empire

The aim of this article is to present the changing fashions of headgear of the ruling elite in the Mamluk Empire throughout their reign in Egypt and Syria, and to show how fashion and headgear functioned as markers of social differences in a medieval Islamic society

How Venice almost got a second head of Saint Mark the Evangelist

In 1419, Venice was almost able to get a second head of Saint Mark the Evangelist.

Cache of Crusader gold coins discovered in Israel

Archaeologists working in the ruins of the Crusader town of Arsuf have uncovered a cache of more than 100 gold coins, worth more than $100 000.

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