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ME3617 The Mamluks And The Mamluk Sultanate

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

The module will examine the mamluk phenomenon, looking at the development of the institution. It will then consider the mamluks' rise to power in Egypt and Syria, in the face of assaults by crusaders and Mongols, and their formation of a powerful empire, and what has been termed a 'Pax Mamlukica' in the region. The structures of the Sultanate will be examined, as well as the society over which they ruled. This was a dynamic period, which witnessed significant political, military, economic and social developments; it also saw the production of numerous works of scholarship and the transformation of the urban landscape of Cairo and other cities.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval Studies, Middle East Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A D Stewart
Module teaching staff:Dr A D Stewart