Mamluks and Crusaders

Men of the Sword and Men of the Pen
Irwin, Robert
Date published: 
July 2010

Several of the studies in this volume deal with the confrontation between the Mamluks and the Crusaders. Others deal with Mamluk society and culture in Egypt and Syria from the 13th to the 16th centuries. There are articles on Crusader feudalism and Mamluk iqta', Mamluk faction fighting and the size of the Mamluk army, the image of the Crusaders in Arabic popular literature, the sex life of the Mamluks, the ritual consumption of horse meat by Mamluks and Mongols, the deployment of gunpowder and firearms in the Middle East, and the shared interest of Ibn Khaldun and al-Maqrizi in the occult.