Advanced search
1 file | 402.27 KB

Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in late medieval Syro-Egypt. The state, social theory, and the political history of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries)

Author
Organization
Abstract
This paper is a reflexive essay that re-imagines the historical agency of what traditionally tends to be subsumed under the phenomenon of the Mamluk state. It is argued that the notions of state in modern research and of dawla in contemporary texts remain an issue of related analytical confusion. Engaging with this confusion in the generalising fashion of a historical sociology of late medieval Syro-Egyptian political action, this essay proposes an alternative analytical model that is inspired by Michael Chamberlain’s prioritisation of social practices of household reproduction and by Timothy Mitchell’s related understanding of the state as a structural effect of practices of social differentiation. The proposed model sees sultanic political order —the state— as process, in constant flux as the structural effect and structuring embodiment of constantly changing practices of social reproduction, of elite integration and of political distinction, in contexts that range between multipolar and unipolar social organisation at and around Cairo’s court and its military elites. The essay ends with summarily suggesting from this model how the socio-culturally structured and structuring memories of dynastic political order that had remained politically dominant for most of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries were all but obliterated in the fifteenth century by a new layer of particularly ‘Mamluk’ socio-political meaning.
Keywords
Egypt, Syria, Mamluk, Middle Ages, Political history, Political Sociology, State, Dawla, structure, agency, order

Downloads

  • (...).pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • UGent only
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 402.27 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
Van Steenbergen, Jo. 2016. “Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in Late Medieval Syro-Egypt. The State, Social Theory, and the Political History of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth Centuries).” In History and Society During the Mamluk Period (1250-1517) : Studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College II, ed. Stephan Conermann, 12:53–88. Bonn & Göttingen: Bonn University Press & V&R Unipress GmbH.
APA
Van Steenbergen, Jo. (2016). Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in late medieval Syro-Egypt. The state, social theory, and the political history of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries). In S. Conermann (Ed.), History and society during the Mamluk Period (1250-1517) : studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College II (Vol. 12, pp. 53–88). Bonn & Göttingen: Bonn University Press & V&R Unipress GmbH.
Vancouver
1.
Van Steenbergen J. Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in late medieval Syro-Egypt. The state, social theory, and the political history of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries). In: Conermann S, editor. History and society during the Mamluk Period (1250-1517) : studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College II. Bonn & Göttingen: Bonn University Press & V&R Unipress GmbH; 2016. p. 53–88.
MLA
Van Steenbergen, Jo. “Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in Late Medieval Syro-Egypt. The State, Social Theory, and the Political History of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth Centuries).” History and Society During the Mamluk Period (1250-1517) : Studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College II. Ed. Stephan Conermann. Vol. 12. Bonn & Göttingen: Bonn University Press & V&R Unipress GmbH, 2016. 53–88. Print.
@incollection{7899488,
  abstract     = {This paper is a reflexive essay that re-imagines the historical agency of what traditionally tends to be subsumed under the phenomenon of the Mamluk state. It is argued that the notions of state in modern research and of dawla in contemporary texts remain an issue of related analytical confusion. Engaging with this confusion in the generalising fashion of a historical sociology of late medieval Syro-Egyptian political action, this essay proposes an alternative analytical model that is inspired by Michael Chamberlain{\textquoteright}s prioritisation of social practices of household reproduction and by Timothy Mitchell{\textquoteright}s related understanding of the state as a structural effect of practices of social differentiation. The proposed model sees sultanic political order ---the state--- as process, in constant flux as the structural effect and structuring embodiment of constantly changing practices of social reproduction, of elite integration and of political distinction, in contexts that range between multipolar and unipolar social organisation at and around Cairo{\textquoteright}s court and its military elites. The essay ends with summarily suggesting from this model how the socio-culturally structured and structuring memories of dynastic political order that had remained politically dominant for most of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries were all but obliterated in the fifteenth century by a new layer of particularly {\textquoteleft}Mamluk{\textquoteright} socio-political meaning.},
  author       = {Van Steenbergen, Jo},
  booktitle    = {History and society during the Mamluk Period (1250-1517) : studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College II},
  editor       = {Conermann, Stephan},
  isbn         = {978-3-8471-0620-3},
  keyword      = {Egypt,Syria,Mamluk,Middle Ages,Political history,Political Sociology,State,Dawla,structure,agency,order},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {53--88},
  publisher    = {Bonn University Press \& V\&R Unipress GmbH},
  series       = {Mamluk Studies},
  title        = {Appearances of Dawla and Political Order in late medieval Syro-Egypt. The state, social theory, and the political history of the Cairo Sultanate (thirteenth-sixteenth centuries)},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2016},
}