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Al-Said Barakah (1260–1280; original name: Muhammed Barakah Qan (Arabic: محمد بركة قان‎), royal name: al-Malik al-Said Nasir al-Din Barakah (الملك السعيد ناصر الدين بركة) was a Mamluk Sultan who ruled from 1277 to 1279 after the death of his father Baibars. His mother was a daughter of Barka Khan, a former Khwarazmian amir.[1]

Al-Said Barakah
Barakah coin.jpg
A dinar of Mamluk Sultan Barakah minted in Alexandria in 1277/78
Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Reign3 July 1277 – August 1279
PredecessorAl-Zahir Baibars al-Bunduqdari
SuccessorBadr al-Din Solamish
Born1260
Cairo
Died1280 (aged 19–20)
Al Karak
Birth nameMuhammed Barakah Qan
محمد بركة قان
Royal nameal-Malik al-Said Nasir al-Din Barakah
الملك السعيد ناصر الدين بركة
HouseZahiri
DynastyBahri
Fatheral-Zahir Baibars al-Bunduqdari
ReligionIslam
Dominion of Bahri Mamluks ( red )

Barakah was born in Cairo. His succession went smoothly, and al-Said set about limiting the power of the amirs from his father's administration. One, his father's viceroy, died under suspicious circumstances. Others were jailed and then released. In their place, al-Said promoted his own mamluks. He also sent Qalawun and Baysari, two of the most powerful amirs, to raid Cilician Armenia and Qal'at al-Rum in 1279, as a way of keeping them busy and away from the seat of power. Each had 10,000 troops. Al-Said's plan was to have both of them arrested on their return, but another amir, Kuvenduk, warned them of the plan, and when they returned, al-Said was forced to abdicate. His seven-year-old brother Sulamish was placed on the throne in his place, under the guardianship of Qalawun, who became the effective sultan.

Exiled to Al Karak fortress, in Jordan, he died there in 1280.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burgoyne, Michael Hamilton (1987). Mamluk Jerusalem. p. 110. ISBN 090503533X.
Al-Said Barakah
Cadet branch of the Mamluk Sultanate
Born: 1260 Died: 1280
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Al-Zahir Baibars al-Bunduqdari
Sultan of Egypt and Syria
3 July 1277 – August 1279
Succeeded by
Badr al-Din Solamish