Society and Politics in the Mamluk Sultanate Period

The Mamluk Sultanate, headed by emancipated slave soldiers, ruled Egypt and Syria (including the Land of Israel) between 1250–1517. This research field focuses on the identity, social connections, and affiliated patterns of ruling transferal of the Mamluks. Among other topics, the studies deal with Mamluk identities, particularly their ethnic affiliation; the military slavery and the slave-soldiers status; the Mamluk political method; master-slave relations; the relationships amongst the slaves of a single household; slaves’ family and marital status and the importance of these connections in transferal of status, rights, and property, as well as in the transfer of power (that is, the status of dynasties in this period).