Yüksel Arslantaş

Keywords: Mameluke, Mongolian, Near East, History


The 13th century was a chaotic period in the Turkish-Islamic world. The Mongols had begun to appear in the Middle East and were posing a threat to Anatolia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. After the Mamelukes defeated the Ayyubides in 1250 and occupied their lands, they waged a successful battle against the Mongols who were then threatening Syria and managed to halt their progression there. In this way the Mamelukes broke the power of this destructive force that could have invaded Egypt, the Mediterranean and even Europe. The struggle between the Mamelukes and the Mongols continued until the beginning of the 14th century, with the Mamelukes the ultimate victor who succeeded in ending the Mongolian invasion. The Mongolian invasion had political, economic, and social ramifications in the Middle East. The invasions gave rise to local uprisings with resultant damage to crops and cities. In addition, the large armies formed to resist the Mongols also served to damage the Mameluke economy.