Searching for the Takārīr in medieval Egypt: a quest to bridge over fragmentary evidence

Hadrien Collet

French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo

icon-calendar Wednesday January 22ⁿᵈ, 2020 at 5:00 p.m

Takrūrī (pl. Takārīr, Takārna, Takārura) is the nisba given in medieval Egypt to African Muslim from the Sahel. Starting the 11ᵗʰ century, they traveled to Cairo in their way to Mecca for the ḥaǧǧ. After the fall of Bagdad in 1258, Cairo became the center of the Islamic world and often the sole destination of the Takārīr’s travels. They soon formed a visible minority in Egypt and the Mamlūk dominion. Yet, their history only appears in traces in all kind of document. My project aims at constituting their history in medieval Egypt, from the diplomatic, political, religious, cultural and social perspectives.

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