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From the Publisher'Far more than just a chronology of architectural remains, Rabbat's book is an exploration into the very fabric of Mamluk culture, written in the best historicist tradition.'
Yasser Tabbaa, ARS Orientalis, 1996.
'The great merit of this book is its approach, which always connects the architecture with its social and historical setting, seeking the function it was created to fulfill and the circumstances that accompanied its evolution, making it intelligible and interesting.'
Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Mamlūk Studies Review, 1997.
'...this book is a significant contribution to the field of military architecture and more generally to our understanding of the Mamluks.'
Nelly Hanna, MESA Bulletin, 1996.
'The meticulous and exhaustive scholarship shows that the author has read and examined everything and forgotten nothing. Specialists in Mamluk history will now be able to localize activities mentioned in their sources, and architectural historians will profit from learned and exhaustive disquisitions on architecture and architectural vocabulary during the early Mamluk period.'
Jonathan M. Bloom, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1997.
This book does more than meticulously reconstruct an impressive monument over the centuries of its development. It restores a life a bygone age through the evocation of its architectural heritage.
Carl F. Petry, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, 1998.