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al-Amīr al-Kabīr
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, “great amīr ”, title which had originally been granted in the Mamlūk kingdom to “all those who had seniority in service and in years”. Consequently there was a whole group of amīrs of which every individual was called al-amīr al-kabīr . In the days of S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ūn al-ʿUmarī (752/1352) the title became reserved for the commander-in-chief ( atābak al-ʿasākir ) of the kingdom. From that date onward it became the most common title of the commander-in-chief beside that of his rank.


M. van Berchem, CIA, l’Égypte, 276, 290, 452, 593

Maḳrīzī, Histoire des Sultans Mamlo…

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Ayalon, D., “al-Amīr al-Kabīr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0613>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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