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"A gripping, unforgettable work of prose fiction. It displays its author's originality of conception and execution at every step." - Edward Said, in his Foreword to the book; "Whether read as a colorful evocation of past times or as a bleak political parable, Zayni Barakat succeeds brilliantly." - Robert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement"

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Revised edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774248724
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774248726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zayni Barakat is a historical novel set in Mamluk Egypt. Having lived in Egypt (where I read the novel 11 years ago) and studied Egyptian history, I can say that the work more than accomplishes the primary job of historical fiction--it transports the reader to another time and place, making that time and that place come alive.

However, Zayni Barakat is, like much of Naguib Mahfouz's later work, a pointed commentary on modern Egyptian politics. In particular, it is the story of police surveillance and what it means to live -- and work for -- a police state. Al-Ghitani captures the dis-ease and perversity of the Nasserist police state admirably. The novel thus deserves to be read both as a diversion and as an education in contemporary Arab politics.
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This book is a written the context of the Mamluk dynasty in Egypt. However many of the attitudes, methods and ideas presented in the book can be found in today's Middle East. The author has an excellent command on the istory of the region and also on the attitudes feelings and emotions of the period he is desciribing through a narrarative account. The book is fiction but it feels too real to be that
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This is a brilliant book that deserves far more attention than it has received. Gamal al-Ghitani died in October 2015 after decades as a member of a very distinguished cadre of Egyptian novelists (Naguib Mahfouz, Nawal El Saadawi, Khairy Shalaby); his specialty was the historical novel, but like the other Egyptian novels I've had the good fortune to read*, espionage plays a surprisingly important role.

The novel is set in the last years of the Mamluk state, an unusual state ruled by slave soldiers that controlled Egypt, the Levant, and the Red Sea (1). For over a century, the sultanate became a permanent junta, with the sultan himself merely the top-ranked oligarch. In 1516, the sultanate entered its last war with the Ottoman Empire--a war that would prove to be a crushing walk-over by Selim I the Grim. But this shattering blow to Cairo is still in the future. The ruthless and oh-so-professional spymaster Zakariyya is challenged by the rise of a mysterious, naïve-seeming inspector of markets--Zayni Barakat, notionally, his new boss (and a direct appointee of the sultan). Soon Zakariyya discovers that Zayni is even better at spying than he is, and potentially a deadly adversary for control of Cairo's immense network of informers and investigators. All his career, the effects have been felt through the rise and fall of entire factions of Mamluks and emirs. Zayni adds to the stakes by introducing pietistic populism in his public appearances.

The narrative structure is unusual and complex. There are many characters, and the point of view shifts constantly.
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