Alert to the implications of Egyptian politics to the world of the Middle Ages, Muir offers a detailed look at the rule of the slave-soldier caste kwn as the Mamelukes who ruled Egypt from 1260 to 1517. Each ruler of the Bahrite and Circassian dynasties is given a full chapter, and the role of the Mamelukes under the Ottoman Empire is reviewed.
William Muir (1819-1905) was a Scottish Orientalist and statesman. Educated at Glasgow University, Edinburgh University, and Haileyburg College, Muir held many government posts for Britain in India. His personal interest in education led to the building of Muir College, now a part of Allahbad University. He eventually became the Principal at Edinburgh University.