Mamluks in the Modern Egyptian Mind

Changing the Memory of the Mamluks, 1919-1952

  • Il Kwang Sung

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Mamluks in Official Memory

  3. Mamluks in Public Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Il Kwang Sung
      Pages 217-220
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-239

About this book


This book explores how modern Egyptians understand the Mamluks and reveals the ways in which that historical memory is utilized for political and ideological purposes. It specifically examines the representations of the Mamluks from two historical periods: the Mamluk Sultanate era (1250–1517) and the Mamluks under the Ottoman era (1517–1811), focusing mostly on the years 1760–1811. Although the Mamluks have had a great impact on the Egyptian collective memory and modern thought, the subject to date has hardly been researched seriously, with most analyses given to stereotypical negative representations of the Mamluks in historical works. However, many Egyptian historians and intellectuals presented the Mamluk era positively, and even symbolized the Sultans as national icons. This book sheds light on the heretofore-neglected positive dimensions of the multifaceted representations of the Mamluks and addresses the ways in which modern Egyptians utilize that collective memory.


Mamluk Sultanate Ottoman era Ābdīn Project Egyptian nationalism historical memory collective memory 1250–1517 1517–1811 Urābī Revolt Battle of ‘Ayn Jālūt Battle of Ḥomṣ

Authors and affiliations

  • Il Kwang Sung
    • 1
  1. 1.Konkuk UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

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