|About the Book|
In this volume, we try to understand the Mamluk Empire not as a confined space but as a region where several nodes of different networks existed side-by-side and at the same time. In our opinion, these networks constitute to a great extent the core of the so-called Mamluk society- they form the basis of the social order. Following, in part, concepts refined in the New Area Studies, recent reflections about the phenomenon of the Empire - State, trajectories in todays Global History, and the spatial turn in modern historiography, we intend to identify a number of physical and cognitive networks with one or more nodes in Mamluk-controlled territories. In addition to this, one of the most important analytical questions would be to define the role of these networks in Mamluk society.