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Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia : Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization - Thomas T. Allsen

Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia

Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

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Published: 29th June 2004
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In the thirteenth century, the Mongols created a vast transcontinental empire that functioned as a cultural 'clearing house' for the Old World. Under Mongol auspices various commodities, ideologies and technologies were disseminated across Eurasia. The focus of this path-breaking study is the extensive exchanges between Iran and China. The Mongol rulers of these two ancient civilizations 'shared' the cultural resources of their realms with one another. The result was a lively traffic in specialist personnel and scholarly literature between East and West. These exchanges ranged from cartography to printing, from agriculture to astronomy. The book concludes by asking why the Mongols made such heavy use of sedentary scholars and specialists in the elaboration of their court culture and why they initiated so many exchanges across Eurasia. This is a work of great erudition which crosses new scholarly boundaries in its analysis of communication and culture in the Mongol empire.

'The focus of this path-breaking study is the extensive exchanges between Iran and China ... is informative and erudite and promises to become a classic in the field.' The Middle East '... will occupy and entertain specialists for some time to come ...' Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies 'Thomas Allsen's book is a very compact and informative account of the cultural changes which took place during the supremacy of the Mongols. Allsen is able to share with the reader his impressive knowledge of the Arabic, Persian, and Chinese sources regarding the Mongols. The cross-cultural links, their implications and their background in this highly interesting period of history are presented in a systematic manner, making the book of great value for scholars in a variety of fields.' Bibliotheca Orientalis '... this is mature scholarship at its best, and a must not only for every student of the Mongol empire, but also for cultural and world historians, historians of China and the Muslim world, and anybody interested in the ongoing exchange between East and West.' Journal of the American Oriental Society

Background
Introduction
Before the Mongols
Political-Economic Relations
Formation of the Il-qans, 1251âÇô65
Grand Qans and Il-qans, 1265âÇô95
Continuity and change under Ghazan, 1295âÇô1304
Sultans and Grand Qans, 1304âÇô35
Economic ties
Overview of the relationship
Intermediaries
Marco Polo and Po-lo
Qubilai and Bolad Aqa
Rashid al-Din and Pulad chinksank
Cultural Exchange
Historiography
Geography and cartography
Agriculture
Cuisine
Medicine
Astronomy
Printing
Analysis and Conclusions
Models and methods
Agency
Filtering
Summation
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ISBN: 9780521602709
ISBN-10: 052160270X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th June 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42