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Anne F. Broadbridge


Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair

Director, Oxford Summer Seminar, 2013-2015

Office: Herter 623
Telephone: (413) 545-6777
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D., University of Chicago (2001).
Fields of interest: Medieval Middle East, Mamluk Empire, Mongols

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Professor Broadbridge’s book, Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds, was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2009. It examines the ideas of kingship that were exchanged through diplomacy between the Mamluk sultans of Egypt and Syria on the one hand, and their Mongol and Turkic counterparts in the Near East, Central Asia and Southern Russia on the other. Her research interests include the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517), the Mongol Empire, the Turkic warlord Temür / Tamerlane, and the Ottoman Empire. She has published articles on academic rivalry and patronage in Mamluk Egypt (1998), Mamluk legitimacy and the Mongols (2001), the influence of the North African scholar Ibn Khaldun on historical writing among the Mamluks and the Ottomans (2003), monarchy in the Islamic world (2004), apostasy trials in Egypt and Syria (2006), and diplomatic conventions in Egypt (2007). Professor Broadbridge has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (Fulbright-Hays), the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation. In 2004 Professor Broadbridge received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship from the UMass Center for Teaching. Her courses are Middle East History I, Mongol and Turkic Empires, The Crusades, The Ottoman Empire, and Islamic Movements in History.


Spy or Rebel? The Curious Incident of the Temürid Sulṭān-Ḥusayn’s Defection to the Mamluks at Damascus in 1400-01/803.” In Mamluk Studies Review XIV (2010): 29-42.

Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, April 2008.

“Sending Home for Mom and Dad: The Extended Family Impulse in Mamluk Politics.”Mamluk Studies Review 12 (2008).

“Diplomatic Conventions in the Mamluk Sultanate.” Annales Islamologiques 41 (2007): 97-118.

“Apostasy Trials in Eighth/Fourteenth Century Egypt and Syria: A Case Study.” In The History and Historiography of Central Asia: a Festschrift for John E. Woods. Ed. Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh A. Quinn in collaboration with Ernest Tucker. (Wiesbaden, 2006): 363-82.

 “Monarchy, Islamic.” Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Charles Scribner’s Sons (2004): 4:1494-96.

“Royal Authority, Justice and Order in Society: The Influence of Ibn Khaldun on the Writings of Maqrizi and Ibn Taghribirdi.” Mamluk Studies Review 7 ii (2003): 231-45.

 “Mamluk Legitimacy and the Mongols: the Reigns of Baybars and Qalawun.” Mamluk Studies Review 5 (2000): 91-118.

“Academic Rivalry and the Patronage System: al-Maqrizi, al-Ayni and Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani.” Mamluk Studies Review 3 (1999): 85-107.