A Study And Translation of Al-Maqrizi's Ighathah
By Adel Allouche
Hardback 162 Pages
ISBN : 9780874804317
Publisher : University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, USA.
About The Book
Economic history of Egypt under the Circassians and an attempt to draw the reader's attention to the difficulty of the text as well as the complexity of the monetary issues of the period. While al-Maqrizi blames the adoption of the dirham of fulus for the economic chaos in his time, modern historians may have the right to blame the Circassians for the designation of this unit of account and for the difficulty it has created in comprehending the monetary data of the Circassian period! The several uses of the term "dirham," together with the variation in the weight of the copper fals (which may equal one dirham, as was the case in 879/1474-75) throughout the Circassian period, have led to the same confusion among specialists of Mamluk history regarding the nature of the dirham of fulus and its relation to the copper coins and caused some to limit the scope of their research.
This book is not an exhaustive study of the economic and monetary conditions of Egypt under the Circassian Mamluks, a complex topic that still needs further research and debate. It is attempt to present a careful translation of Ighathat al-ummah that may eventually contribute to a reassessment of al-Maqrizi's ideas and a better Comprehension of the Circassian monetary system.
The reader is provided with a brief introduction that is limited to the presentation and explanation of a number of relevant issues. The inclusion of additional documentation, particularly the appendices, provides a handy reference. With regard to the translation, additions to facilitate the reading of the text are shown in brackets. Dates of death, reign, or tenure in office of important persons are added in parentheses.
The Importance of this work can be seen by fact that it wa factsrk was translated as far back a 1962 by Gaston Wiet in French.
About The Author
Ahmad ibn 'Ali ibn 'Abd al-Qadir ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ibn Tamim ibn 'Abd al-Samad Taqi al-Din al-Ba`li al-Misri al-Maqrizi (766-845) (Ibn Rafi`), 'the Reliance of Historians" (Ibn `Imad). Al-Maqrizi was a man of the law and a teacher in Cairo who collected his material, a great deal of which is absolutely unique.
It is thanks to Al-Maqrizi that we know so much about the history of the institutions of Cairo and its structures.
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