Tag Archives: Role of “family-type” networks

Local Aristocrats in a Time of Critical Dynastic Change

Two Notable Families of Tabriz Facing the New Ṣafavid Order [DYNTRAN Working Paper 26, July 2017]


The Ṣafavid conquest of Tabriz in 906/1501 marks a watershed in the history of Iran and the Islamic Middle East. By taking control of the city the young Ismāʿīl earned the right to proclaim himself king of Iran. In this capacity he also declared Imami Shiism to be the Continue reading Local Aristocrats in a Time of Critical Dynastic Change

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