The present book investigates three short late Mamluk treatises about land properties (waqf) in the Palestinian city of Hebron, which the prophet Muhammad granted to Tamīm al-Darī. The treatise entitled Ḍawʾ al-sārī li-maʿrifat ḫabar Tamīm al-Dārī by al-Maqrīzī (d. 845/1442) is the core of the book. It is edited here for the first time on the sole basis of the copy corrected by the author. A facsimile of the manuscript is also provided at the end of the book. In order to illuminate the discourse on property rights and donation that prevailed in the Mamluk period and al-Maqrīzī’s position, two additional treatises dealing with the same issue are included. The first is al-Ǧawāb al-ǧalīl ʿan ḥukm balad al-Ḫalīl by Ibn Ḥaǧar al-ʿAsqalānī (d. 852/1448). The second is al-Faḍl al-ʿamīm fī iqṭāʿ Tamīm by al-Suyūṭī (911/1505). The three texts are fully translated and annotated and preceded by a thorough introduction.
Yehoshua Frenkel, Ph.D The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, teaches Medieval Islamic History at the University of Haifa. His main research interest is social and legal history.
"These editions are clear and straightforward. Prof. Frenkel has done his excellent work here as he has with the translations, which read well and are accurate. These works, along with the detailed introduction, are a great boon not only for al-Maqrīzī studies, but also for the social, cultural and economic history of the Mamluk Sultanate, the history of Palestine and the region of Hebron, questions of land tenure, legal studies, and early Islamic tradition and its later reception and ramifications. Prof. Frenkel's efforts here are impressive, and we should all be grateful with the result."
Reuven Amitai in
sehepunkte 16 (2016), Nr. 7/8.
History of the Mamluk sultanate; History of land-tenure and Islamic Jurisprudence; History of Palestine.