Intertextuality in Islamic Letters: Political Mamluk Letters as a Model

Author: Mohamed Malaka (Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University, Egypt)
Speaker: Mohamed Malaka
Topic: Islamic Studies and discourses
COMELA 2021 General Session


The paper subjected to the intertextuality in political letters during the Mamluk period. the study includes many types of letters such as: soltanic, conventions, pledges, traditions, signatures, ordinances letters. The intertextuality means that: the relationship between two or more texts.the intertextuality inside the text is an evidence to evoke a text for another oneto support and prepareing it in a new formation . the Writers and Calligraphers of the Mamluk period acheived their writing with proficientlyand supplemented it with elegant words to highlighting the meaning. Also they suppored their writings with Koranic, poetic verses , prophetic sayings, and Arab proverbs whic represented an inherited phenomenon from the ancient Arab literature. Among the important conclusions of this study is that the intertextuality Altnas formed into two cases:the first one is the Explicit intertextuality; and the second is the simile intertextuality, both of them are clear. the study shows also the comprehensiveness of the Writers with the religious heritage and the Islamic culture through the Koran and the Prophet’s hadith, and their knowledge in the Arabic literature Through the verses and the arab proverbs.

Keywords: Islamic letters, Mamluk Period, Sultans, Crusaders