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By van Jo Steenbergen

In Caliphate and Kingship in a Fifteenth-Century Literary background of Muslim management and Pilgrimage Jo van Steenbergen offers a brand new research, variation and translation of al-Ḏahab al-Masbūk fī Ḏikr guy Ḥağğa min al-Ḫulafāʾ wa-l-Mulūk, a precis heritage of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca by way of al-Maqrīzī (766-845 AH/ca. 1365-1442 CE). typically regarded as an invaluable resource for the background of the ḥağğ, al-Ḏahab al-Masbūk is re-interpreted the following as a posh literary building that used to be endowed with various meanings. via specified contextualist, narratological, semiotic and codicological analyses Van Steenbergen demonstrates how those meanings have been deeply embedded in early-fifteenth century Egyptian alterations, how they replaced considerably over the years, and the way they integrated specific claims approximately authorship and approximately valid and strong Muslim rule.

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Berkey (1998); Petry (1981); Berkey (1992); Martel-Thoumian (2001); Behrens-Abouseif (2007). contexts 31 particular detail, and remarkable result of this intensity of patronage and competition in late medieval Cairo so aptly and powerfully that his impression deserves to be quoted here in a slightly updated, full version, as an extremely telling concluding generalisation of how that particular interaction between commanders and scholars was not just extremely successful, but also pivotal for the future of Islamic societies in the East and West: The majority of [the sultanate’s] wealth was recycled back into civil society via maintenance of great households [of military commanders, including the sultan] with swarms of retainers and artisans, requisition expenditures to outfit military campaigns, and massive endowments (awqāf ) made to found religio-academic institutions.

Alī l-Maqrīzī (b. 766/c. 1365; d. 26 Ramaḍān 845/7 February 1442) to join on several occasions the Egyptian caravans and to exchange from time to time the intense urban environment of his hometown of Cairo for the remote and much quieter surroundings of Sacred Mecca’s Sanctuary mosque. Just as was true for any other scholar, however, whether 29 Petry (1993): 324. 32 chapter 1 in Mecca or in Cairo, metropolitan practices of competition and patronage also defined al-Maqrīzī’s life, career, thinking, and scholarly production, and perhaps they even did so in even more intense and defining ways than has so far been acknowledged.

With the former came her daughter, and her sister, the wife of the pilgrimage’s main commander. [The princess Muġul’s] brother, the head of the royal chancery (kātib al-sirr), similarly travelled as a companion for her, together with his wife and with his daughter, the wife of al-Ǧammālī, the supervisor of the royal fisc (nāẓir al-ḫāṣṣ), and with a group that included [the esteemed administrators and scholars] al-Zaynī Abū Bakr b. Muẓhir […], al-Šarafī b. al-ʿAṭṭār, al-Kamāl Abū l-Faḍl al-Nuwayrī, just mentioned [as newly appointed chief judge of Mecca], al-Šihāb b.

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