Amīr majlis
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Amīr majlis (“master of the audience”) was a commonly held rank in the military cursus honorum of the Mamlūk sultanate of Egypt and Syria. Systematic studies have yet to be made of this and other positions, the individuals who held them, and their career paths. The few analyses to date have relied heavily on the Mamlūk writers of the ninth/fifteenth century (e.g., al-Qalqashandī, al-Suyūṭī, Ibn Taghrībirdī). The term amīr majlis does not appear in the sources of the preceding Ayyūbid confederation, and the position was likely instituted by the sultan al-Ẓāhir Bay…

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Schultz, Warren C., “Amīr majlis”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2009
First print edition: 9789004181304, 2009, 2009-3

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