By Linda Komaroff
This ebook deals a wide-ranging account of the Mongols in western and japanese Asia within the aftermath of Genghis Khan's disruptive invasions of the early 13th century, concentrating on the numerous cultural, social, non secular and political adjustments that of their wake. the problems thought of trouble paintings, governance, international relations, trade, courtroom existence, and concrete tradition within the Mongol global empire as initially awarded at a 2003 symposium on the la County Museum of paintings and now distilled during this quantity. This selection of 23 papers by way of a few of the major specialists within the box demonstrates either the scope and the intensity of the present nation of Mongol-related reports and should definitely encourage and impress additional learn. The textual content is profusely illustrated by way of 27 colour and a hundred and ten black-and-white illustrations.
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Rum b. Tughril b. QilÊj b. Sunqår b. Künjik b. •åsbåq§ b. Akt§n Kh§n, whom Ibn al-FuwaãÊ also met personally (in 716/1316); this figure, characterized as a “powerful amÊr,” is praised for his extensive knowledge of “past kings and sultans” and for his excellent writing and research in “the science of history” (we are not told, however, which kings or whose history). 27 Unfortunately in this case Ibn al-FuwaãÊ gives an apparently shortened 26 Ibn al-FuwaãÊ (1995), vol. 5, 410–11, no. 5382 (Mu#Ên al-DÊn Abå al-FatÈ MuÈammad b.
Ibn al-FuwaãÊ himself may have known some Mongol, and was probably familiar with Turkic as well as Persian and Arabic; his entries often highlight his subjects’ facility with multiple languages, whether among translators or merchants or state officials, and the preponderance among them of men who were apparently of Muslim Turkic origin and who bore the title amÊr may suggest the social class in which such linguistic training 28 Ibn al-FuwaãÊ (1995), vol. 4, 380, no. 4020. indd 23 6/27/2006 2:01:31 PM 24 devin deweese was both useful and accessible.
2414 [tracing Ibn al-FuwaãÊ’s paternal genealogy back fifteen generations]). The brief and unfinished article by Mohammad Iqbal (Iqbal, M. ) summarizes his life from later sources and describes the Lahore manuscript of the fifth volume (a continuation of this article was promised, but did not appear). indd 12 6/27/2006 2:01:22 PM transmission and exchange in the mongol empire 13 behest of #Aã§" Malik JuwaynÊ, Ibn al-FuwaãÊ moved in 679/1280–81 to become director of the library at the Mustanßiriyya madrasa in his native Baghdad, remaining there, despite considerable travel in Iraq and some extended stays in Azerbaijan, into the reign of Öljeitü; he was evidently removed from his post in 712/1312–13, but continued to live in Baghdad, though with continued travels, until his death in Muharram 723/January 1323.
Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan by Linda Komaroff