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Stephan Conermann

Prof Dr Stephan Conermann teaches the History of the Islamicate World at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn.

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Stephan Conermann


Studies on the History and Society of the Mamluk Period / Studien zu Geschichte und Gesellschaft der Mamlukenzeit

1. Edition 2013
446 pages
ISBN 978-3-8470-0111-9
Bonn University Press at V&R unipress

Mamluk Studies - Band 004

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Once a person starts to study the 250-some years of the Mamluk Era in Egypt and Syria (1250–1517), one characteristic of that period stands out immediately – the very unusual polarization of its society. A predominantly Arabic population was dominated by a purely Turkish-born elite of manu-mitted military slaves who sought to regenerate themselves continuously through a self-imposed fiat. The only person who could become a Mamluk was a Turk who had been born free outside the Islamic territories as a non-Muslim, then enslaved, brought to Egypt as a slave, converted to Islam, freed, and finally, trained as a warrior. Only those who met these prerequisites were members of the ruling stratum with all the concomitant political, military, and economic advantages. On this historically unique model of a society, Stephan Conermann has published a series of seminal articles. In this edited volume the reader gets an excellent introduction to some of the central issues of the ongoing research on the Mamluk history and society.

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