Mamluk History through Architecture Monuments, Culture, and Politics in Medieval Egypt and Syria By Nasser Rabbat (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010. 261 pages.)

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Tammy Gaber

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This exhaustive series of fifteen essays, all produced by the author during
1989-2005, covers many relevant facets of the Mamluk slave dynasty (1250–
1517). By collecting these previously published essays in a single volume, a
trajectory of interpretation can be contextualized and understood. Nasser Rabbat,
a key figure in the contemporary study of Islamic architecture, is director
of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. The essays, organized
into four thematic parts, begin with a conceptual understanding of the Mamluks and their role and then look at their architecture through the lenses
of history, language, and cultural index ...

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