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The Mamluk City

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Maqrizi described with nostalgia the reign of al-Nasir Muhammad as the golden age of Cairo's history. During al-Nasir's reign eight mosques were built at Husayniyya, six in the northwestern outskirts including Bulaq, six in the southwestern zone, ten within al-Qahira, 16 between Bab Zuwayla and Ibn Tulun, four in the southern cemetery and three in the Fustat-Rawda area. Maqrizi's nostalgic praise of al-Nasir's reign and his gloomy perception of his own time, led historians to equate the entire Circassian Mamluk period with decline. The major markets stretched along the thoroughfares from Husayni-yya in the north to the Citadel and further to Saliba in the south. The involvement of the ruling aristocracy in the city's commerce, and the potentials of the waqf system, that led the Mamluks to invest in urban estates, dedicating their revenue to their private and pious foundations, had a significant impact on the city's image.

Keywords: al-Qahira; Cairo's history; citadel; Mamluk; Maqrizi; waqf system



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