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ME3617   The Mamluks And The Mamluk Sultanate

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 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.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr A D Stewart