The historiography of the Early Mamluk Circassian period is prolific but has not yet received proper scholarly attention. For the first time, this study examines in a comprehensive manner the key sources for the reign of al-Zāhir Barqūq (784-91, 792-801/1382-9, 1390-9) in terms of their originality and importance. By means of a systematic analysis of the annals of three different years, it provides a critical evaluation of published and manuscript primary sources, identifies the nature of the interdependence amongst authors, and sheds new light on the craft of historical writing.
This book fills a critical gap in the scholarship on Mamluk historiography. The author not only assesses the production of well-known historians (Ibn Khaldūn, Ibn al-Furāt, al-Maqrīzī, Ibn Taghrībirdī, etc.), but also studies pivotal authors (Ibn Duqmâq, Ibn Hijjī, etc.) whose works has been up until now either ignored or unknown.
Sami G. Massoud, Ph. D. (2005) in Islamic Studies, McGill University, teaches Social Science at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal, Canada. He has published articles on Mamluk history and has interests in the Modern Middle-East and in the Indian subcontinent.
All those interested in Islamic historiography, intellectual history, source criticism, Mediaeval Islamic and Mamluk history, as well as literary theorists and scholars of Mediaeval Egypt and Syria.