By Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot
"Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot's e-book explores the paradoxes of Egypt's heritage in a brand new variation of her a brief heritage of recent Egypt. Charting the years from the Arab conquest, throughout the age of the mamluks, Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, the liberal test in constitutional executive within the early 20th century, by way of the Nasser and Sadat years, the hot version takes the tale up to the current day."--Jacket. Read more...
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At first the mamluks resorted to taxing the urban communities the age of the mamluks 39 more rapaciously than hitherto, which led to political turmoil and unrest among the mamluks themselves and between them and the population in general. Finally the mamluks monopolized the trade in spices and sugar to pay for their military expenditure and their luxury imports and, by thus establishing a state monopoly of spices and fixing the price of spices sold, they ruined the economic prosperity of the country, albeit for a limited period.
A loose hand on the reins of government, combined with the presence of a variety of ethnic groupings among the regiments, ended in bloody fights among the troops, who were soon to decimate the country. The black regiments controlled Upper Egypt, while the Turkish regiments controlled the capital and used their power to despoil the treasury and strip the palace of its sumptuous treasures. A terrible famine coupled with a low Nile in 1065 ushered in seven years of dreadful want. Famines so severe that people allegedly resorted to cannibalism were followed by years of plague in a wellestablished pattern of misery that was to repeat itself on later occasions.
Al-Salih Ayyub received word that a new Crusade was sailing towards Egypt under the leadership of Louis IX, later to become sanctified. While preparations for the invasion in 1249 were under way, alSalih died in his tent. His wife, a remarkable woman of Armenian descent, named Shajar al-Durr (Tree of Pearls), connived with the general of the mamluk regiment to keep the news of the ruler’s death a secret until the battle was over and his son and heir had returned from abroad to claim his throne.