Category Archives: The role of “family-type” networks as carries of knowledge and authority

How to marry right

Searching for a royal spouse at the Mamluk court of Cairo in the fifteenth century [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 21, February 2017]

by Albrecht FUESS

“Whoever does not marry an Egyptian woman, says Imam al-Shafi‘i, will never obtain the full wisdom” (Abdar-Raziq 1973, 123). This saying introduces the topic of the current paper well as choosing a spouse will always have direct consequences, in this case it is meant Continue reading How to marry right

The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?

[DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 19, December 2016]

by Torsten WOLLINA

In this contribution, I will present two additions to the conceptualization of ‘family’ in the context of premodern Islamicate societies. Firstly, I propose that we should understand ‘family’ as a symbolic resource in knowledge transmission, which could have as Continue reading The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?

Understanding Merchants in Ottoman Cairo: A Review

[DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 17, October 2016]

by Anthony T. QUICKEL

A growing body of scholarship on Ottoman Cairo has given better insight into the life and work of the city’s merchants. This corpus provides a scope of studies from micro-histories of some of Cairo’s individual merchants and their dealings and interactions with others Continue reading Understanding Merchants in Ottoman Cairo: A Review

Pouvoir et lignage féminin

Mariages royaux dans le monde turco-persan au seuil du XVe siècle*         [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 14, July 2016]

par Michele BERNARDINI

À partir du XIVe siècle, l’époque post-mongole apparaît comme particulièrement intéressante pour sa conception du maintien du pouvoir politique dans l’Orient musulman : la question fondamentale étant ici la nécessité d’affirmer une légitimité crédible Continue reading Pouvoir et lignage féminin

Building a Family Shrine in Ottoman Cairo

Five Waqf Endowments by Fāḍila daughter of Shaykh Muḥammad al-Bakrī, 1619-1629 [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 11, April 2016]

by Adam SABRA

The construction of a family tomb that may also function as a shrine is critical moment in the construction of a dynasty. Although this phenomenon is most closely associated with Sufism, ruling families also built family tombs, usually as part of larger waqf complexes. Continue reading Building a Family Shrine in Ottoman Cairo