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A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in by Jane Hathaway

By Jane Hathaway

Reevaluates the basis myths of 2 rival factions in Egypt through the Ottoman period.

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Moreover, while the process of household formation in Ottoman Egypt resembled the formation of factions under the Mamluk sultanate, the emergence of the Faqari and Qasimi factions, to the extent it can be ascertained, was far more complex and mysterious—in a word, mythic. The terminology employed in contemporary sources for the Faqaris and Qasimis, as opposed to that employed for single households and for the factions of the Mamluk sultanate, sheds light on the varying perceptions of these groups.

He responded with parry and thrust, and his group followed him while Qasim’s fled. Then the sultan came down from the pavilion to his group and to the emirs of Egypt, and separated them from each other. . Appendix 23 Then the sultan sent for [Qasim and Dhu’l-Faqar] and bestowed robes of honor on them, and gave each of them three districts [to administer] and assigned them salaries. And from that day, there appeared in Egypt the Faqariyya and the Qasimiyya; the Faqariyya turn to the people of Egypt, and the Qasimiyya turn to the side of the sultanate.

36 Cumulatively, these disasters put an end to Yemen’s preeminence as the Arabian peninsula’s center of commerce and high culture. The initiative now passed to the bedouin tribes farther north in the peninsula. At the same time, waves of Yemeni tribes, fleeing the turmoil in Yemen, migrated northward into the interior of the peninsula. It was perhaps during this period that the differences between northern and southern tribes became a serious source of division in the tribal politics of the peninsula.

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