This volume discusses Mamluk historical texts with an emphasis on literary/stylistic analysis, basically ignoring issues of ‘factuality’ versus ‘fictivity’. None of the authors set out to write ‘fiction’; nor would their audience have received their accounts as such. The events depicted were a matter of historical record; but their meaning was geared both to contemporary and to general concerns. The fact of telling them is part and parcel of the historian’s task; the means of telling them has to do with the historian’s choice of style; and style is all-important in conveying meaning. Were these accounts not considered ‘true’, the purpose behind their telling and the meaning they convey, would, arguably, be lost; but were they not told in the most effective manner, their meaning might not be clearly grasped.
- Stephan Conermann (Hg.)
- Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann , geb. 1964, Studium der Geschichte, der Slawistik und der Orientalischen Philologie an der Universität Kiel sowie in Poznan/Posen und Moskau, Promotion 1996 und Habilitation 2001 in Kiel, seit 2003 Professor für Islamwissenschaft an der Universität Bonn; Sprecher des Bonner Zentrums für transkulturelle Narratologie (BZTN) (seit 2009) und der der DFG-Kollegforschergruppe (FOR 1262) »Geschichte und Gesellschaft der Mamlukenzeit (1250-1517)« (seit 2010).