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Battle of Ridaniya
Part of Mamluk-Ottoman war (1516-1517)
DateJanuary 22, 1517
LocationRidanieh, present-day Egypt
Result
Belligerents
Fictitious Ottoman flag 1.svg Ottoman Empire Mameluke Flag.svg Mamluk Sultanate
Commanders and leaders
Sultan Selim I
Hadım Sinan Pasha[1]
Sultan Tuman bay II
Janbirdi al-Ghazali
Shadi Baig
Strength
20,000 20,000+
Casualties and losses
6,000[2] 7,000[3]

The Battle of Ridaniya (Turkish language: Ridaniye Muharebesi; Arabic language: معركة الريدانية‎) was fought on January 22, 1517 in Egypt. The Ottoman forces of Selim I defeated the Mamluk forces under Al-Ashraf Tuman bay II. The Turks marched into Cairo, and the severed head of Tuman bay, Egypt’s last Mamluk Sultan, was hung over an entrance gate in the Al Ghourieh quarter of Cairo.[4]

The Ottoman grand vizier, Hadım Sinan Pasha, was killed in action, after which sultan Selim said, "We won the battle, but we lost Sinan."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936, Vol.9, Ed. Martijn Theodoor Houtsma, (BRILL, 1938), 432.
  2. Dupuy, R. Ernest and Trevor N. Dupuy, The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History, 4th Edition, (HarperCollins Publishers, 1993),540.
  3. Dupuy, 540.
  4. "The Soul of Old Cairo" (memoir), "the Courier" of UNESCO, May 2000, webpage: UNESCO-2000-Dici.

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