Caliphate and Kingship in a Fifteenth-Century Literary History of Muslim Leadership and Pilgrimage Jo Van Steenbergen presents a new study, edition and translation of
al-Ḏahab al-Masbūk fī Ḏikr man Ḥağğa min al-Ḫulafāʾ wa-l-Mulūk, a summary history of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca by al-Maqrīzī (766-845 AH/ca. 1365-1442 CE). Traditionally considered as a useful source for the history of the
al-Ḏahab al-Masbūk is re-interpreted here as a complex literary construction that was endowed with different meanings. Through detailed contextualist, narratological, semiotic and codicological analyses Van Steenbergen demonstrates how these meanings were deeply embedded in early-fifteenth century Egyptian transformations, how they changed substantially over time, and how they included particular claims about authorship and about legitimate and good Muslim rule.
Jo Van Steenbergen, Ph.D. (2003), is Professor of Islamic history at Ghent University. He has published extensively on late medieval Syro-Egyptian political, social and cultural history, including
Order Out of Chaos. Patronage, Conflict and Mamluk Socio-Political Culture. 741-784/1341-1382 (Brill, 2006).
All interested in the history of the
ḥağğ, in Muslim intellectual history and political theory, in premodern Arabic literature, and in medieval and Mamluk political and socio-cultural history