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Crowds and SultansUrban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria$
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Amina Elbendary

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167171

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167171.001.0001

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Introduction: The Long Fifteenth Century

Introduction: The Long Fifteenth Century

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Long Fifteenth Century
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Crowds and Sultans
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Amina Elbendary

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167171.003.0001

This book examines the economic, social, and political transformations that confronted the Mamluk sultanate over the fifteenth century, along with their impact on the Egyptian and Syrian societies. It argues that the multiple crises were simultaneously the outward manifestations of deeper changes and shows how they presented opportunities for various political and social groups. It also considers how the crises and political transformations led to changes and were themselves the outcome of changes in all of the domestic, regional, and international balances of power. Rather than narrate the history of this tumultuous fifteenth century solely from the point of view of the ruling dynasties, the book takes into account the perspectives of the common people, especially the urban non-elites. It considers how the transformations that rocked the Mamluk dynasty affected issues such as social mobility and concludes by discussing the development of the bourgeois trend as well as the various instances and reports of popular protest during the period.

Keywords:   political transformations, Mamluk sultanate, Egypt, Syria, social groups, urban non-elites, Mamluk dynasty, social mobility, bourgeois trend, popular protest

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