Kingdoms of Fire

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Kingdoms of Fire
ممالك النار
GenreHistorical drama
Created byMuhammed Abdulmalik
Directed byPeter Webber
Country of originEgypt
United Arab Emirates
Original languageArabic
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14
Running time50–60 minutes
Production companyGenomedia Studios
Original release
Release17 November (2019-11-17) –
9 December 2019 (2019-12-09)

Kingdoms of Fire (Arabic: ممالك النار, romanizedMamalik Al-Nar) is an Arabic historical drama television series about the reign of Ottoman Empire's Selim I and Mamluk Sultanate's Tuman bay II, created by Muhammed Abdulmalik and directed by British director Peter Webber.[1]

The 14-episodes series is produced by Genomedia Studios with a budget of $40 million, financed and supported by the government of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the originator of the movie, and filmed in Tunisia, debuted on MBC channels on 17 November 2019.[2][3]

The second season is under development process.[4]

Fatima Bhutto of Foreign Policy wrote that the show is "an expensive salvo against Turkey’s cultural neo-Ottomanism" and that the director was chosen for "added cachet".[5]


The series depicts events that took place between Egypt, Syria and the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and the 16th century. It demonstrates the competition between the Mamluks and the Ottomans over the control of the Middle East, through the rise of two main characters, Tuman bay II, the last Sultan of the Mamluks in Cairo, and Sultan Selim I of Istanbul.[6]



Bhutto, a Pakistani journalist, stated in 2020 that the show in terms of an anti-Ottomanist production "has apparently failed; no one seems to be watching" in Pakistan.[5]


Multiple comments from the Turkish side after the episodes aired characterized the show as harassment targeted at Turkey and as anti-Ottoman, reflecting recent tensions between Turkey and both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates;[7] This was during a time when Turkey had been trying to assert its Ottoman identity and its rule over Arabs.[8]


  1. ^ "مسلسل – ممالك النار – 2019 طاقم العمل، فيديو، الإعلان، صور، النقد الفني، مواعيد العرض" (in Arabic). Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ هي, مجلة (19 December 2018). "مؤلف المسلسل التاريخي "ممالك النار" يكشف لـ"هي" تفاصيل ومفاجآت العمل". مجلة هي (in Arabic). Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ "بطل مسلسل ممالك النار . دار الحياة – اخبار فلسطين اخبار المملكة العربية السعودية اخبار العالم". 5 November 2019. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "«Kingdoms of Fire» .. Lighting on the bloody Ottoman Empire |".
  5. ^ a b Bhutto, Fatima (5 September 2020). "How Turkey's Soft Power Conquered Pakistan". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  6. ^ "MBC airs new drama series Kingdoms of Fire based on Ottoman empire". 18 November 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Islamism and its discontents / No solution / Once an organised force, brief bids for power have left Islamists adrift" (print & web). The Economist. The Economist Newspaper Limited (Special report: The Arab world): 7. 28 August 2021. Retrieved 18 September 2021. 'Mamalik al-Nar'...It cast the early Ottomans not as benevolent overlords, as they are often portrayed in Arab historiography, but as harsh occupiers. Saudi television takes its cue from the government; the series was seen as an effort to sour public opinion against Turkey.
  8. ^ ""قتل إخوته طمعا في العرش".. كيف علق أتراك على الحلقة الأولى من "ممالك النار"؟". قناة الحرة (in Arabic). Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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