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The amir Yalbughā al-Khāṣṣakī (d. 1366), the Qalāwūnid sultanate, and the cultural matrix of Mamluk society: a re-assessment of Mamluk Politics in the 1360s

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Subtitle:The Amir Yalbugha al-Khassaki, the Qalawunid Sultanate, and the cultural matrix of Mamluk society : a reassessment of Mamluk politics in the 1360s
This article focuses on surprisingly traditional aspects of Mamluk political culture in the 1360s. It presents a first, detailed account of the life and times of the military slave (mamlūk) Yalbughā al-Khāṣṣakī, who rose to prominence in the later 750s/1350s and who dominated the Mamluk political arena in the 760s/1360s. Instead of approaching this from the perspective of Yalbughā’s career as an exponent of Mamluk decline, his historical role is assessed within the remit of surprising continuities of 1360s elite politics with past practices of royal loyalty and wide-ranging patronage —of the Qalāwūnid sultanate and the Mamluk cultural matrix—, as an important stepping stone in the larger process of identifying an alternative paradigm for that of Mamluk decline.
Journal: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY
ISSN: 0003-0279
Issue: 3
Volume: 131
Pages: 423 - 443
Publication year:2011
BOF-keylabel:yes
IOF-keylabel:yes
Authors:National
Authors from:Higher Education
Accessibility:Closed