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This introductory chapter of the book is an analysis of Minhaj al-dukkan as a reflection of the position and role of the pharmacist in society. In reality, Minhaj al-dukkan seems to have been in very widespread use during the Mamluk period. Moreover, while the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods were quite different in terms of their political history, there was a great degree of continuity in social and intellectual history. From quite an early stage, pharmacy and medicine were separate professions. The Mamluks were a one-generation military aristocracy, whose ranks were constantly replenished by new slaves from the steppes, rather than their own sons. The Mamluks to a large extent remained aloof from the Arabic-speaking natives over whom they ruled, living apart from them in separate neighbourhoods or in the Citadel. The chapter provides an overview of all other chapters involved in the book.

Keywords: Citadel; Mamluk period; Minhaj al-dukkan; pharmacist



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