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Ṭūmān Bāy
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(al-Malik al-As̲h̲raf Abu ’l-Naṣr min Ḳānṣawh al-Nāṣirī), the last Mamlūk sultan of Egypt, r. 922-3/1516-17.

Born ca. 878/1474-5, he was purchased as a mamlūk by his paternal uncle Ḳānṣawh al-G̲h̲awrī [q.v.], and presented to the reigning sultan, Ḳāʾit Bay [q.v.], by whose son and successor, al-Nāṣir Muḥammad [q.v.] he was manumitted. During Ḳānṣawh al-G̲h̲awrī’s sultanate his career prospered. Appointed dawādār kabīr in 913/1507, he became in effect the sultan’s chief minister, acquiring also the great offices of high steward ( ustādār al-ʿāliya ) and kās̲h̲if al-kus̲h̲s̲h̲āf .

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Holt, P.M., “Ṭūmān Bāy”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7623>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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