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Crowds and Sultans: Urban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria

Amina Elbendary


During the fifteenth century, the Mamluk sultanate that had ruled Egypt and Syria since 1249–50 faced a series of sustained economic and political challenges to its rule, from the effects of recurrent plagues to changes in international trade routes. Both these challenges and the policies and behaviors of rulers and subjects in response to them left profound impressions on Mamluk state and society, precipitating a degree of social mobility and resulting in new forms of cultural expression. These transformations were also reflected in the frequent reports of protests during this period, and led ... More

Keywords: urban protest, Mamluk sultanate, Egypt, Syria, Mamluk state, Mamluk society, social mobility, political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9789774167171
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amina Elbendary, author
American University in Cairo