Struggle for Domination in the Middle East

The Ottoman-Mamluk War, 1485-91


Author: Shai Har-El
This two-part volume offers a comprehensive account of the conflict between the Ottoman and Mamluk Empires. Part One explores Ottoman-Mamluk relations from their inception in the middle of the 14th century to the laying of the foundations of the conflict in the second half of the 15th century. Part Two offers a detailed description of the actual war of 1485-91, and analyzes it from various angles including military, economic, and diplomatic.
Based largely on Ottoman, Mamluk and Italian primary sources—documentary and narrative—the volume helps to understand the second and final war between the Ottomans and Mamluks in 1516-17, which resulted in the downfall of the Mamluk Empire and the firm establishment of Ottoman power in the Middle East.
Shai Har-El, Ph.D. (1993) in Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago, is Associate Member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He has studied, lectured and undertaken research in both Israel and the United States. He is Founder and President of the Middle East Peace Network.
' ...Har-El has marshalled an impressive corpus of primary sources and used them effectively, making this book an indispensable research tool for all students of Mamluk and early Ottoman history. His discussion of these materials, which include Ottoman and European documents; historical narrative literature in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian; historical handbooks; and early travel accounts, is a model of its type.'
Richard Blackburn, IJMES, 1996.
' This is a work of considerable importance….a monograph based upon a wide and detailed knowledge of primary sources, especially of the Ottoman archives and historical writings, as well as of the contemporary Arabic chronicles, and European (particularly Italian) materials.'
P.M. Holt, Bull. SOAS, 1997.
Scholars, students and historically-minded general readers interested in pre-modern history of the Middle East, general Islamic history, military history as well as medieval diplomacy and power politics.