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By Linda Komaroff

This ebook deals a wide-ranging account of the Mongols in western and jap Asia within the aftermath of Genghis Khan's disruptive invasions of the early 13th century, targeting the numerous cultural, social, spiritual and political alterations that of their wake. the problems thought of drawback paintings, governance, international relations, trade, courtroom existence, and concrete tradition within the Mongol global empire as initially awarded at a 2003 symposium on the l. a. County Museum of artwork and now distilled during this quantity. This selection of 23 papers by means of some of the major specialists within the box demonstrates either the scope and the intensity of the present country of Mongol-related reports and may absolutely encourage and impress additional study. The textual content is profusely illustrated through 27 colour and one hundred ten black-and-white illustrations.

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Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan

This ebook bargains a wide-ranging account of the Mongols in western and jap 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 alterations that of their wake. the problems thought of problem paintings, governance, international relations, trade, court docket existence, and concrete tradition within the Mongol global empire as initially provided at a 2003 symposium on the l. a. County Museum of artwork and now distilled during this quantity.

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By collating and piecing together material from biographical entries scattered throughout the work (and not just biographical data as such, but above all the sources and informants cited by Ibn al-FuwaãÊ), we can derive a broad, composite picture of such patterns both within and among particular fields, whether literature or astronomy or jurisprudence or statecraft. While one study along these lines is in preparation—focused on Ibn al-FuwaãÊ’s material on Sufi communities in the Mongol era and their relationships with the Mongol elites13—space constraints require limiting our discussion here to a handful of those vignettes of cultural interaction.

It is indeed often the case that entries devoted to particular figures are less illuminating than incidental references to them in entries devoted to other figures, making the careful collation of his accounts an essential first task in tracing the activities of many individuals mentioned in his accounts (including those for whom no specific entry has survived). As noted, Ibn al-FuwaãÊ’s biographical dictionary has drawn relatively little attention despite the richness of its first-hand accounts and despite its accessibility, at least in part, for several decades.

MaÈmåd b. ”43 – He mentions that a native of Khotan told him about his own teacher, from Kashghar, who had written “a qaßÊda in praise of the 40 Ibn al-FuwaãÊ (1995), vol. 2, 365–66, no. 1643 (#Al§" al-DÊn Abå •§hir MuÈammad b. MaÈmåd al-Tarjum§nÊ al-faqÊh al-adÊb). 41 Ibn al-FuwaãÊ (1995), vol. 5, 429, no. 5425 (muftÊ al-mulåk Abå al-Than§" MaÈmåd b. #AlÊ al-Bukh§rÊ al-faqÊh). 42 Ibn al-FuwaãÊ (1995), vol. 4, 95, no. 3421 (Kam§l al-DÊn Abå Isȧq Ibr§hÊm b. Abå #AlÊ b. H§jir al-Ißbah§nÊ al-ßåfÊ).

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