The Mongols' Middle East

Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran


The Mongols’ Middle East: Continuity and Transformation in Ilkhanid Iran offers a collection of academic articles that investigate different aspects of Mongol rule in 13th- and 14th-century Iran. Sometimes treated only as part of the larger Mongol Empire, the volume focuses on the Ilkhanate (1258-1335) with particular reference to its relations with its immediate neighbours. It is divided into four parts, looking at the establishment, the internal and external dynamics of the realm, and its end. The different chapters, covering several topics that have received little attention before, aim to contribute to a better understanding of Mongol rule in the Middle East and its role in the broader medieval Eurasian world and its links with China.

With contributions by: Reuven Amitai, Michal Biran, Bayarsaikhan Dashdondog, Bruno De Nicola, Florence Hodous, Boris James, Aptin Khanbaghi, Judith Kolbas, George Lane, Timothy May, Charles Melville, Esther Ravalde, Karin Rührdanz

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Charles Melville, Ph.D. (1978), University of Cambridge, is Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College.
Bruno De Nicola, Ph.D. (2011), University of Cambridge, is Research Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of St. Andrews (UK).
"All in all, this volume edited by Melville and De Nicola offers a fine collection of studies that offer new perspectives on the theme of continuity and transformation under the Ilkhans, and will surely be instrumental in any future research on the Mongols in Iran." - Jonathan Brack, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in: Journal of the American Oriental Society 139/3 (2019)
"Overall, the editors should be commended for bringing together such a rich variety of important contributions to the history of the Mongols. The Mongols' Middle East illustrates the wide range of approaches and modes of inquiry among scholars of the Ilkhan period, and the general vitality of the field." - Patrick Wing, University of Redlands, in: BCAI 33 (2019)
All interested in the History of the Mongol Empire and/or concerned with the cultural, political, religious and economic transformation of the Middle East under Mongol rule.
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