A Brief History of Egypt (Brief History) by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

Historical Egypt was once one of many longest-lasting civilizations the realm has ever recognized. This publication explores Egypt's extensive political, monetary, social, and cultural advancements, from the robust civilization of the prior to the varied cultural and political panorama, masking nearly 6,000 years of background.

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Gave up this wife is illustrative of the special style developed early attempt at monotheism, during the Amarna era. (Shutterstock) restored the temples, and revived the rites familiar to the priests and the people. By a quirk of fate, Tutankhamun would become the most famous pharaoh in the modern world. His tomb in the Western Desert was almost untouched by grave robbers. In 1923 the tomb, with its contents largely intact, was found by archaeologists. This discovery has added greatly to our knowledge and understanding of ancient Egypt.

Their propagandists found willing ears among the Muslims of Egypt, distressed by quarreling troops, low Nile floods, and high taxes. Egyptian Muslims tended to be Sunni and might have been expected to support the Abbasid caliphs, but Fatimid propagandists allayed their fears and played on their hopes. In 969 the Fatimid leader Jawhar defeated Kafur’s soldiers and established a 43 A BRIEF HISTORY OF EGYPT 44 PERSIAN, GREEK, ROMAN, AND ARAB RULE (opposite page) Entrance to al-Azhar. This mosque, begun in 969 just after the Fatimid conquest of Egypt, contains the world’s oldest continuously existing madrasa (school of Islamic law).

Despite the Bahri Mamluks’ success as rulers of this prosperous state, factional fighting, a plague outbreak in 1347, a Cypriot crusader raid on Alexandria in 1365, and falling agricultural revenues gradually undercut their legitimacy and led eventually to the end of their rule. The Circassian Mamluks (1382–1517) The second group of Mamluk sultans, called Circassian (from the Turkish word for the Caucasus region where most originated), ruled from 1382 to 1517. Founded by Sultan Barquq (r. 1382–99), the Circassian Mamluks focused initially on rebuilding a government ravaged by the plague epidemics that beset much of Europe and the Muslim world in the late 14th century.

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