Historiography in Arabic during the ottoman period

Michael Winter*

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The Ottoman empire in a few decisive battles destroyed the Mamluk sultanate, which included Egypt, Syria and parts of Anatolia. It is well known that the Mamluk sultanate was extremely rich in history writing, more than any other period in pre-modern Islam. It was believed that Arabic historiography declined in quantity and quality during the Ottoman centuries. The political, diplomatic and military events leading to the Mamluk-Ottoman conflict and the occupation of Egypt, and then the first six years of Ottoman rule are superbly narrated by the Cairene chronicler Muhammad ibn Iyas. Although Mount Lebanon was a part of Greater Syria and, of course, a part of the Ottoman empire, it was a separate political and administrative unit and had its own history owing to its unique topography. Similarly to the situation in Syria, eighteenth-century Irāq saw the emergence of governors of local Iraqi families.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArabic Literature in the Post-Classical Period
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781139053990
ISBN (Print)9780521771603
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Arabic historiography
  • Cairene chronicler muhammad ibn iyās
  • Egyptian mamluk historians
  • Eighteenth-century iraq
  • Greater syria
  • Mount lebanon
  • Ottoman empire
  • Ottoman occupation
  • Pre-modern islam


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