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Title: Lettres de HÄ'ir Beg, dernier NÃ¢'ib Mamlouk d'Alep, Ã la porte Ottomane
Author(s): BACQUÃ‰-GRAMMONT, Jean-Louis , CHOUMET, Michel , DUCATEZ, Guy
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 281 Issue: 3-4 Date: 1993
Hā'ir Beg is well known as a Mameluke renegade, secret counsellor of SelÄ«m I before and during the Ottoman conquest of the Mameluke Empire, and who was finally appointed as the first Governor General of Ottoman Egypt (1517-1522). We have discovered in the archives of the Topkapi Sarayi Museum in Istanbul twelve original documents in Turkish and in Arabic - most of them unknown until now - issued by or related to him when he was still the Mameluke nÄ'ib of Aleppo (1506-1516), and addressed to the Sublime Porte or to the Ottoman Sultan. This documentation, published here, brings useful information about the evolution of the Ottoman-Mameluke relations in general and of the nÄ'ib himself in particular.