Genghis Khan : his life and legacy (Book, ) [biennaledibruges.com]Of the making of biographies of Chinggis Khan there seems to be no end. I have eighteen on my own shelves—by no means an exhaustive collection. The author of this most recent life was for long the head of the Department of Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University; and his previous books have been on politics and recent history. As far as I can tell, this is his first major venture into the history of medieval Asia. One inevitably wonders why he should have chosen to stray so far from his usual fields of study. The impression I have from his book is that the reason is enthusiasm: he simply finds the story of the rise of Chinggis Khan and the establishment of the
Under the leadership of Genghis Khan, nomadic horsemen burst out of Mongolia in the thirteenth century and began their sweep across Asia, creating the largest empire the world has ever known. Particularly in Iran and China, the results were far-reaching: the Mongols imposed enormous changes but at the same time were profoundly influenced by the highly developed civilization of their new subjects. Greater Iran was ruled for a century — by the Mongol dynasty known as the Ilkhanids. These Mongol masters first opposed and then enthusiastically adopted Islam. They became sponsors of a brilliant cultural flowering that encompassed the writing of histories, city-building, and many branches of the arts.
It is a narrative of the rise and influence of Genghis Khan and his successors, and their influence on European civilization. - The purpose of this work was to "attempt to approach historical truth by undertaking a critical comparison of the sources". The original German version was of great complexity.
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Login via Institution. Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan. Editor: Linda Komaroff. The issues considered concern art, governance, diplomacy, commerce, court life, and urban culture in the Mongol world empire as originally presented at a symposium at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and now distilled in this volume. This collection of 23 papers by many of the main authorities in the field demonstrates both the scope and the depth of the current state of Mongol-related studies and will undoubtedly inspire and provoke further research. The text is profusely illustrated by 30 color and black-and-white illustrations.