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By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

Historic Egypt used to be one of many longest-lasting civilizations the area has ever identified. This booklet explores Egypt's wide political, fiscal, social, and cultural advancements, from the potent civilization of the earlier to the varied cultural and political panorama, protecting virtually 6,000 years of background.

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This chapter mentions, for example, a major revolt that broke out in 1523, soon after the Ottomans defeated and replaced the Mamluks. There was no love lost between Egyptians and Ottomans. To quote a popular street chant: Yal-mutajalli, ihlik al-osmanli (O God the Manifest, ruin the Ottoman). ” When the word is capitalized, it denotes a class of former slaves who ruled in Egypt and Syria. The first mamluks were slave-soldiers who served the Abbasid caliphs. These soldiers were recruited as boys, mostly from non-Muslim families in Central Asia and lands around the Black Sea.

868– 884), a Turkish officer sent to Egypt as governor, established himself as 41 A BRIEF HISTORY OF EGYPT Ibn Tulun Mosque. This mosque in southern Cairo was built for the founder of the Tulunid dynasty in the late ninth century. Its minaret, unique in Egypt, is shaped like a Mesopotamian tower, or ziggurat. (Adam Woolfitt/Saudi Aramco World/PADIA) 42 PERSIAN, GREEK, ROMAN, AND ARAB RULE the independent ruler of Egypt, founding the Tulunid dynasty. Ibn Tulun kept Egypt’s tax revenues in Egypt, rather than sending them to the caliph in Baghdad.

Some Semitic peoples did enter northeastern Egypt from Palestine, seeking refuge or trading opportunities more than conquest. After a time of power struggles, the kings of Upper Egypt triumphed over those of the Delta, and Egypt was reunited. The Middle Kingdom (Eleventh–Thirteenth Dynasties), especially the very vigorous Twelfth Dynasty, was a high period for ancient Egypt. The pharaohs gradually regained the powers that had been usurped during the Intermediate Period by the provincial governors.

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