Mamluks in the Modern Egyptian Mind: Changing the Memory of the Mamluks, 1919-1952 (Hardcover)

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This book explores how modern Egyptians understand the Mamluks and reveals the ways in which that historical memory is utilized for political and ideological purposes. It specifically examines the representations of the Mamluks from two historical periods: the Mamluk Sultanate era (1250-1517) and the Mamluks under the Ottoman era (1517-1811) focusing mostly on the years 1760-1811. Although the Mamluks have had a great impact on the Egyptian collective memory and modern thought, the subject to date has hardly been researched seriously, with most analyses given to stereotypical negative representations of the Mamluks in historical works. However, many Egyptian historians and intellectuals presented the Mamluk era positively, and even symbolized the Sultans as national icons. This book sheds light on the heretofore-neglected positive dimensions of the multifaceted representations of the Mamluks and addresses the ways in which modern Egyptians utilize that collective memory.

About the Author


Sung Il Kwang is a Research Fellow in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. He was a correspondent of Yonhap News Agency in Jerusalem (2008-2012). He was Secretary of the Korean Association of Middle Eastern Studies. He received his PhD from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781137557124
ISBN-10: 1137557125
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: November 26th, 2016
Pages: 239
Language: English