A history of Egypt : from the Arab conquest to the present by Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot

By Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot

"Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot's ebook explores the paradoxes of Egypt's historical past in a brand new version of her a quick background of recent Egypt. Charting the years from the Arab conquest, during the age of the mamluks, Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, the liberal scan in constitutional govt within the early 20th century, through the Nasser and Sadat years, the recent version takes the tale up to Read more...

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Twenty-three sultans came to power, of whom six ruled for a total of 103 years. Only nine sultans were worth remembering; the rest rose and fell very rapidly, and deserved no more than a line, or a footnote, in a chronicle of events. 40 a history of egypt Though all the sultans had to fight their way to the throne, many among them were also learned men with a highly developed aesthetic sense. We can tell that from the many lovely monuments they left behind, and from the buildings and the fine objets d’art that date from that period.

The sultan and his amirs were prodigal in their wealth and their patronage of the arts, which benefited the artisan population as well as the merchants. Some of the finest museum pieces today date from that period. It is said that Nasir spent 8,000 dirhams (silver coins) a day on his buildings. According to historians, his age was the apex of culture and civilization. Nonetheless one can see in the age the seeds of the debacle that was to follow. At times 38 a history of egypt bedouin tribes revolted and took over sections of Upper Egypt, the granary of the land.

It may be that they had not had time to develop immunity, since they were newly imported into the country. Perhaps because the mamluks wore more clothes, where the age of the mamluks 43 plague-infested fleas could reside, or lived in richer furnishings which could house a greater number of vectors, or perhaps because historians lived in cities and could count more mamluks than fallahin – whatever the reason, mamluks died in large quantities. The plague was followed by a cattle disease which killed off the main animals used for ploughing.

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