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Author Petry, Carl F., 1943-

Title Protectors or praetorians? : the last Mamlūk sultans and Egypt's waning as a great power / Carl F. Petry
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1994


Description 1 online resource (xv, 280 pages) : maps
Series SUNY series in medieval Middle East history
SUNY series in medieval Middle East history.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Reigns of al-Ashraf Qaytbay and Qansuh al-Ghawri -- 3. Beleaguered Bulwark: The Mamluk State and International Politics -- 4. The Mamluk Institution: A Victim of Success -- 5. Economic Dilemmas: Heightened Demand, Static Resources -- 6. Coping with Crisis: Overt Inertia -- 7. Surmounting Crisis: Covert Innovation -- 8. Conclusions
Summary This analysis of state policy under the last two Mamluk rulers enables modern readers to observe a pivotal era in the history of Egypt and southwest Asia. Beset with external threats and internal dissent, the Mamluk Sultanate confronted profound challenges in its waning years. The author depicts how each monarch differed in his response to the bureaucratic and military dilemmas he faced. Al-Ashraf Qaytbay remained a stalwart conservator of traditional soldierly values. He would be revered by later generations as an exemplary officer and pious believer. Qansuh Al-Ghawri, however, exhibited little regard for hallowed traditions, military or religious. Burdened by irremedial bankruptcy and endemic sedition, he initiated the first steps toward innovation since the architects of the Mamluk system founded the regime during the thirteenth century
The contrasting styles of these two sultans is examined in the context of the foreign and domestic events that shaped their reigns. The strategies that they devised to deal with endemic crisis decisively influenced the nature of bureaucratic procedures in Egypt, influence that is still evident in its government today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-263) and index
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SUBJECT Qāʼit Bāy, Abū al-Naṣr Sayf al-Dīn Muḥammad, -1496. nta
Qānṣawh al-Ġawrī, approximately 1441-1516. nta
Subject 15.80 history of Africa.
Civilisation islamique.
SUBJECT Egypt -- History -- 1250-1517.
Subject Egypt
Égypte -- 1250-1517.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94002925
ISBN 0585045178