Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia

New publication of Dr. Amir Mazor


A new book, The Rise and Fall of a Muslim Regiment: The Manṣūriyya in the First Mamluk Sultanate, 678/1279–741/1341, authored by Dr. Amir Mazor, member of the project, appeared few weeks ago in the Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

The TOC can be downloaded here, a short reading probe can be found on the page of the author.

The introductory text of the publishing house:

This book focuses on the Manṣūriyya regiment, the mamluks of sultan al-Manṣūr Qalāwūn. It traces the lives of these mamluks during the career of their master Qalāwūn (ca. 1260–1290), the period they ruled the Sultanate of Egypt and Syria de jure or de facto (1290–1310), and their aftermath, during the third reign of sultan al-Nāṣir Muḥammad b. Qalāwūn (1310–1341). Based on dozens of contemporary Arabic sources, the book traces the political and military events of the turbulent Manṣūriyya period, as well as the basic military-political principles and socio-political practices that evolved during this period. It suggests that the Manṣūriyya period marks the beginning of the demilitarization, or politicization, of the Mamluk sultanate.

Mazor cover page 2015