Sunday, August 06, 2006

first steps towards thesis

During the past 2 weeks, I've made some small steps towards the long but necessary search for a topic for my M.A. thesis. With work and other committments, I have less time to explore this area than I would like at the moment. Basically, the only time in which I have been able to read a few academic essays and the book, Early Mamluk Diplomacy (1260-1290), has been after work on Wednesdays when the nearby Mid-Manhattan library remains open til 9pm. At the moment, I'm thinking that my thesis may deal with Mamluk commerical relations with its Christian European neighbors, such as Byzantium, Genoa, or Venice, so Early Mamluk Diplomacy is a excellent source with which to start. But before I can say that my thesis will focus on any specific topic, I must find out what material is available on that topic and then, what the evidence says about my ideas. This is the very process that I'm beginning to undertake now. I'd like to have a decent understanding of what I hope to write for a thesis when I return to Chicago in late September.


Comment Blogger alau said...

duane! you do remember that my thesis on Mongols and Timur around that time period (well 1300-1400s) to be more precise included alot of stuff about Muslim trade and diplomacy right? :) let me know if you want me to email you my annotated thesis bibliography. I just took a look at it, and while it really isn't your topic area, there are some by Muslims historians dating from the 1300s that I used as primary sources. In fact, it lists a secondary source specifically about trade relations between Byzantium and Venice. let me know!

8:59 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

I remember now! That would be fantastic. Yes, please email your annotated bibliography. Thanks!

11:15 PM  

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