The interaction between the Eurasian pastoral nomads - most famously the Mongols and Turks - and the surrounding sedentary societies is a major theme in world history. Nomads were not only raiders and conquerors, but also transmitted commodities, ideas, technologies and other cultural items. At the same time, their sedentary neighbours affected the nomads, in such aspects as religion, technology, and political culture. The essays in this volume use a broad comparative approach that highlights the multifarious nature of nomadic society and its changing relations with the sedentary world in the vicinity of China, Russia and the Middle East, from antiquity into the contemporary world.
Reuven Amitai, Ph.D. (1990) in Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University. He has published extensively on the history of the late medieval Muslim world, particularly on the Mamluk Sultanate and the Mongol Ilkhanate.
Michal Biran, Ph.D. (2000) in Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, is a Lecturer at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University. She has published on Inner Asian history in the Mongol and pre-Mongol period including
Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia (Curzon, 1997).
...new ground in the study of Eurasian nomadic interactions with sedentary peoples from 1100 BCE to 1999 CE...excellently written work...Summing up: Essential.' L.A. Kimbal,
Choice, July/August 2005.
All those interested in world and comparative history, the medieval history of the Islamic world, China and Inner Asia, as well as anthropologists and other students of nomadism.