456 pages | 3 B/W Illus.
This volume provides translations of texts on the Mamluk Sultan Qalāwūn (1279-90) and his son al-Malik al-Ashraf (1290-93), which cover the end of the Crusader interlude in the Syrian Levant.
Translated from the original Arabic, these chronicles detail the Mamluk perception of the Crusaders, the Mongol menace, how this menace was confronted, and a wealth of materials about the Mediterranean basin in the late thirteenth century. Treaties, battles, sieges and embassies are all revealed in these chronicles, most of which have not been translated previously.
The translated texts provide a range of historical records concerning Qalāwūn and al-Ashraf,
and include the court perspective of Ibn `Abd al-Ẓāhir, the later biography by his nephew Shafī`, and the writings of the Mamluk historian Baybars al-Mansūrī.
Text 1a. Ibn `Abd al-Ẓāhir, Tashrīf al-ayyām wa-l-`uṣūr fī sīrat al-Malik al-Manṣūr
Text 1b. Ibn `Abd al-Ẓāhir, al-Alṭāf al-khafiyya min al-sīra al-sharīfa al-sulṭāniyya al-malikiyya al-ashrafiyya (selections)
Text 2. al-Ashraf’s treaty with Jaime II of Aragon
Text 3. al-Shafī` b. `Alī, al-Faḍl al-ma’thūr fi sīrat al-Malik al-Manṣūr (selections)
Text 4a. Baybars al-Manṣūrī, Zubdat al-fikra
Text 4b. Baybars al-Manṣūrī, al-Tuḥfa al-mulūkiyya fi al-dawla al-Turkiyya
Text 4c. Baybars al-Manṣūrī, Mukhtārāt al-akhbār
The crusading movement, which originated in the 11th century and lasted beyond the 16th, bequeathed to its future historians a legacy of sources which are unrivalled in their range and variety. These sources document in fascinating detail the motivations and viewpoints, military efforts and spiritual lives, of the participants in the crusades. They also narrate the internal histories of the states and societies which crusaders established or supported in the many regions where they fought. Some of these sources have been translated in the past but the vast majority have been available only in their original language. The goal of this series is to provide a wide ranging corpus of texts, most of them translated for the first time, which will illuminate the history of the crusades and the crusader-states from every angle, including that of their principal adversaries, the Muslim powers of the Middle East.