List of Illustrations (with copyright credit) Acknowledgement Note to the Reader Introduction PART ONE: THE CULTURE OF GIFTS I. The World of the Mamluks II. Protocol and Codes of Gift Exchange Diplomatic Hospitality and Safety The Meaning of Diplomatic Gifts Monetary Value of Gifts Recycled, Used and Requested gifts PART TWO: GIFTS IN GEO-POLITICAL CONTEXTS III. The Red Sea and Indian Ocean Connection Yemen India IV. Africa Ethiopia Nubia The Maghrib West Africa (Mali and Borno) V) The Black Sea, Anatolia, Iran, Central Asia The Golden Horde at the Black Sea The Ilkhanids and the Jalayirids in Iran and Iraq The Timurids in Central Asia The Turkmens Qara Qoyunlu Aq Qoyunlu Dhul Qadir The Safavids The Ottomans VI Europe Castile and Aragon The Cyprus Connection Venice Florence PART THREE: THE GIFTS VII Tradition and Legacy Traditional Diplomatic Gifts in the Middle-East and the Muslim World The Fatimid and Ayyubid Legacies VIII From and for the Mamluks Gifts for the Mamluks The Mamluk Assortment of Diplomatic Gifts Spices and porcelain Mamluks and Craftsmen Giraffes, Elephants and other Animals Balsam, Theriac and other Local Products Religious Gifts Textiles Material Witnesses of Mamluk Diplomatic Textiles The Knight's Outfit Material Witnesses of Mamluk Military and Equestrian Gifts IX Gifts and Mamluk Identity Export Iconography of Mamluk Gifts Conclusion Index
The first study of its kind and containing a wealth of information for the student and scholar, this is a comprehensive account of the glittering and sensational practice of diplomacy in the Mamluk Sultanate
Doris Behrens-Abouseif is the Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She previously taught at the American University in Cairo and the University of Munich. She is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent scholar on the architecture of Cairo, and a leading specialist in the art and cultural history of the Middle East. She has written a number of books on Islamic art and architecture, including Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and its Culture (I.B.Tauris), The Minarets of Cairo: Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the end of the Ottoman Period (I.B.Tauris), and Beauty in Arabic Culture and Egypt's Adjustment to Ottoman Rule .