Merchandise in the Egyptian Markets During the Second Mamluk State AH. 648-784/AD. 1250 -1382

Marwan A. Dala’een


Markets in the Mamluk cities varied following items being sold, and the time when markets are being held. There were comprehensive markets and specialized markets as well as seasonal markets and daily ones. The Items sold in these markets varied according to their sources. Locally-made items played crucial-fundamental role in the commercial activities of the state. Marketing was subject to several factors among which are: supply and demands, monopolistic practices by the sultan through the sultanate markets, the trade of the Mamluki sultans and the economic importance of traded items. Trade movement was tied to the standards of living, basic needs of the people and their customs and the commercial activities of the state. Various yields, fodder, meat, spices, textile, fruit, metals and slaves represented important merchandise for the Second Mamluki Sultanate. I want to add the Institutions and trade commissions, besides the observers of the markets. It was mentioned in this research the idea of scales standards, taxes and prices.


Trade Goods, Egyptian Markets, Mamluki State, Trade Agencies, Sultan Markets-Stores

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