Sultan Barqūq and his Complaining Subjects in the Royal Stables

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In 789/1387, Sultan al-Żāhir Barqūq (r. 784–792/1382–89, 793–802/1390–99), the founder of the Circassian Mamluk State, moved the royal mażālim sessions for hearing petitions from Dār al-‘Adl, the time-honoured building at the centre of the Cairo Citadel, to the Royal Stables situated in the peripheral and lower enclosure of the Citadel. Thereafter, Barqūq utilised the stable area as a stronghold of his new paternalistic rule. This paper examines the background, political intention, and social meaning of this important change, with special attention to various actions of urban and rural Egyptian people during the two reigns of the sultan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-330
Number of pages16
JournalAl-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1


  • Barqūq, Mamlūk sultan
  • Cairo, Egypt–citadel
  • Circassian Mamluks
  • Egypt–administration
  • Mażālīm institution
  • Popular movements
  • Urban space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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