The Mongol Empire was founded by Chinggis Khan in the early thirteenth century. Within the span of two generations it embraced most of Asia, thus becoming the largest land-based state in history. The united empire lasted only until around 1260, but the major successor states continued for many generations, in the Middle East, present-day Russia, Central Asia and China. It left a lasting impact on these areas and their peoples, which was often far from negative! The papers in this volume offer fresh perspectives on the Mongol Empire, its rule in the eastern Islamic world, Central Asia and China, and the legacy of this rule. Various authors approach the matter from a variety of views, including political, military, social, cultural and intellectual. In doing so, they shed a new light on the Mongol Empire.
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Reuven Amitai-Preiss, Ph.D. (1990) in Middle Eastern History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer in medieval Islamic history at the Hebrew University, and author of
Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk-Ilkhanid War (
David Orrin Morgan, Ph.D. (1977) in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, is Reader in the History of the Middle East at the University of London. He has written
The Mongols (
London, 1986) and
Medieval Persia (
London, 1988), and is editor of the
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
From reviews of the hardcover edition:
Scholars fascinated with Chinggis Khan and the Eurasian steppe will not be disappointed.'
Charles C. Kolb, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington DC 20506,
Religious Studies Review, 1999.
The book is a must-read for the specialist and worth a close look by generalists. Recommended.'
Word Trade, 1999.
The volume is a welcome and useful addition to the growing body of modern studies on the Mongol empire, offering fresh perspectives and shedding new light on some old problems.'
Peter B. Golden (Rutgers University),
The International History Review, 2000.
List of Maps and Figure
List of Abbreviations
Notes on Dates and Transliterations
List of Contributors
Early History of the Mongol Empire What the Partridge Told the Eagle: A Neglected Arabic Source on Chinggis Khan and the Early History of the Mongols, Robert G. Irwin
Ulus to Khanate: The Making of the Mongol States, c. 1220-c. 1290, Peter Jackson
The Mongols in the Middle East Mongol Nomadism and Middle Eastern Geography: Qīshlāqs and Tümens, John Masson Smith, Jr.
Mongol Imperial Ideology and the Ilkhanid War against the Mamluks, Reuven Amitai-Preiss
The Īlkhān Öljeitü’s Conquest of Gīlān (1307): Rumour and Reality, Charles Melville
Āthār wa ahyāʾ of Rashīd al-Dīn Fadl Allāh Hamadānī and His Contribution as an Agronomist, Arboriculturist and Horticulturist, A.K.S. Lambton
The Letters of Rashīd al-Dīn: Īlkhānid Fact or Timurid Fiction? A.H. Morton
The Mongols in China and the Far East Mongol Empire and Turkicization: The Evidence of Food and Foodways, Paul D. Buell
Notes on Shamans, Fortune-tellers and
Yin-Yang Practitioners and Civil Administration in Yüan China, Elizabeth Endicott-West
Qubilai Qaʾan and ʾPhags-pa bLa-ma, Sh. Bira
Qubilai Qaʾan and the Historians: Some Remarks on the Position of the Great Khan in Pre-modern Chinese Historiography, T.H. Barrett
The Legacy of the Mongol Empire China as a Successor State to the Mongol Empire, Hidehiro Okada
Some Comments on the Consequences of the Decline of the Mongol Empire on the Social Development of the Mongols, Udo B. Barkmann
How Mongol were the Early Ottomans? Rudi Paul Lindner
The Early History of the Moghul Nomads: The Legacy of the Chaghatai Khanate, Hodong Kim
The Legitimacy of Khanship among the Oyirad (Kalmyk) Tribes in Relation to the Chinggisid Principle, Junko Miyawaki
The Vicissitudes of Mongolian Historiography in the Twentieth Century, Thomas N. Haining