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The article considers transformation of the Egyptian foreign policy towards the Crusader States in the first years after mamluks’ coming to power. Due to different reasons the previous academic papers
considered this policy to sufficient extent only after the beginning of the reign of al-Zahir Baybars (1260-1277) (this is primarily due to the specifics of the sources, as well as the low interest of the
world science to seemingly minor events that having a purely regional dimension). The aim of the article is to identify the reasons and nature of this transformation. The object of the research is the
foreign policy of the first mamluks before al-Zahir Baybars’s reign. Mongol invasion, the previous attempt of Louis IX to attack Cairo, as well as the conflict between Genoa and Venice resulted in
mamluks’ decision to eliminate completely the Crusader States in the Middle East.
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