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Ibn Taymiyya is one of the most studied and known ʿulamāʾ of the Medieval period. While his fatwas and positions on dogmatic, legal, philosophical and political matters have aroused the interest of researchers and are beginning to become well-known, his mobility has been less frequently investigated. Contemporary chroniclers of the 7th/13th–8th/14th centuries and Ibn Taymiyya’s own writings provide numerous and informative details concerning his life, which allows us to trace with precision, to determine and to understand his mobility during his lifetime. While this article occasionally analyses certain passages of Ibn Taymiyya’s life, it is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical investigation; rather, this article focuses on Ibn Taymiyya’s mobility and examines certain aspects that allow to better understand his character and psychology, and therefore his interests and positions on theological, law, philosophical and political questions. Moreover, examining Ibn Taymiyya’s patterns of mobility improves our knowledge of the Mamluk era’s ʿulamāʾ and their role in the social and political spheres of the sultanate.

In: Professional Mobility in Islamic Societies (700-1750)


Le dimanche 3 ramaḍān 702/21 avril 1303, à Šaqḥab, une localité située à une quarantaine de kilomètres au sud de Damas, les Mamelouks vainquirent l’armée ilkhanide après deux jours de rudes combats. Cette nouvelle défaite des Mongols ilkhanides marqua la fin de tout espoir pour ces derniers de reconquérir un jour la Syrie. Outre la victoire, la manière par laquelle les Mamelouks battirent leurs ennemis, plus nombreux, démontre, à bien des égards, leur supériorité tactique sur le champ de bataille. À partir du croisement des sources narratives et didactiques, cet article tente de faire la lumière sur un des aspects de l’art de la guerre des Mamelouks baḥrites.

In: Arabica
The present edited volume offers a collection of new concepts and approaches to the study of mobility in pre-modern Islamic societies. It includes nine remarkable case studies from different parts of the Islamic world that examine the professional mobility within the literati and, especially, the social-cum-cultural group of Muslim scholars (ʿulamāʾ) between the eighth and the eighteenth centuries. Based on individual case studies and quantitative mining of biographical dictionaries and other primary sources from Islamic Iberia, North and West Africa, Umayyad Damascus and the Hejaz, Abbasid Baghdad, Ayyubid and Mamluk Syria and Egypt, various parts of the Seljuq Empire, and Hotakid Iran, this edited volume presents professional mobility as a defining characteristic of pre-modern Islamic societies.

Mehmetcan Akpinar, Amal Belkamel, Mehdi Berriah, Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Adday Hernández López, Konrad Hirschler, Mohamad El-Merheb, Marta G. Novo, M. A. H. Parsa, M. Syifa A. Widigdo.
In: Professional Mobility in Islamic Societies (700-1750)