The Art of the Mamlukes
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1981 Esin Atil
Publication made possible by a grant from United Technologies Corporation.
About the Author: Esin Atil, a native of Turkey, received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Atil has been curator of Near Eastern art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Historical Summary: Mamluk Empire (1250 - 1517 AD)
Following the Ayyubid state in 1250 AD, the Mamluk sultans established a formidable empire, ruling Egypt, Syria, and Palestine for more than two hundred and fifty years, their frontiers extending from southeatern Anatolia to the Hijaz and incorporating parts of Sudan and Libya. Soon after coming to power, they defeated the mongols and explled the last of the Crusaders from the Near East. Trade and agriculture flourshied under Mamluk rule, and Cairo, their capital, became one of the wealthiest cities in the Near East and the center of artistic and intel
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