Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, and Intellectuals

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Michal Biran, Jonathan Brack, Francesca Fiaschetti
Univ of California Press, 2020 - Intellectuals - 360 pages
During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Chinggis Khan and his heirs established the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world, extending from Korea to Hungary and from Iraq, Tibet, and Burma to Siberia. Ruling over roughly two thirds of the Old World, the Mongol Empire enabled people, ideas, and objects to traverse immense geographical and cultural boundaries. Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia reveals the individual stories of three key groups of people--military commanders, merchants, and intellectuals--from across Eurasia. These annotated biographies bring to the fore a compelling picture of the Mongol Empire from a wide range of historical sources in multiple languages, providing important insights into a period unique for its rapid and far-reaching transformations.

Read together or separately, they offer the perfect starting point for any discussion of the Mongol Empire's impact on China, the Muslim world, and the West and illustrate the scale, diversity, and creativity of the cross-cultural exchange along the continental and maritime Silk Roads.

Features and Benefits:
  • Synthesizes historical information from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Latin sources that are otherwise inaccessible to English-speaking audiences.
  • Presents in an accessible manner individual life stories that serve as a springboard for discussing themes such as military expansion, cross-cultural contacts, migration, conversion, gender, diplomacy, transregional commercial networks, and more.
  • Each chapter includes a bibliography to assist students and instructors seeking to further explore the individuals and topics discussed.
  • Informative maps, images, and tables throughout the volume supplement each biography.
 

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Contents

Military Exchanges between China
27
The Mongol Conqueror at the Crossfire
44
The Warrior Princess of Mongol Central Asia
64
Mongol Expansion along the Maritime
83
Defection and Ethnicity
102
CrossRegional Mobility
120
Sayyid Merchant Spy and Military
143
Diplomacy Black Sea Trade and the Mission
160
A Golden Horde Queen and Patron
194
Buddhism in Iran and the Mongol Silk Roads
215
The Sage of Cathay in Mongol Iran
238
A Translator Turned Envoy between
255
An Example of Architectural
270
The Career
290
Glossary
315
Copyright

The Iraqi Trader Who Traversed Asia
175

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About the author (2020)

Michal Biran teaches Inner Asian, Chinese, and Islamic history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jonathan Brack teaches Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Francesca Fiaschetti teaches Inner and East Asian History at the University of Vienna.

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