Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan by Linda Komaroff

By Linda Komaroff

This e-book 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 adjustments that of their wake. the problems thought of predicament artwork, governance, international relations, trade, court docket lifestyles, and concrete tradition within the Mongol global empire as initially offered at a 2003 symposium on the l. a. County Museum of artwork and now distilled during this quantity. This choice of 23 papers by way of a few of the major gurus within the box demonstrates either the scope and the intensity of the present kingdom of Mongol-related reviews and should definitely motivate and impress additional examine. The textual content is profusely illustrated by means of 27 colour and a hundred and ten black-and-white illustrations.

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2, 443, no. 1776. indd 13 6/27/2006 2:01:23 PM 14 devin deweese the Iranocentric vision noted in the case of some Persian historians of this period, but at the same time there is little evident interest in Mongol lore or traditions as such (of the sort evident in the work of RashÊd al-DÊn, for instance). As a biographical compendium, the work is distinctive among extant works from this era for its organization by laqab. Better-known works of this genre from the thirteenth century—those of Y§qåt (d.

Within a single biographical entry he will cite books and other written material (above all, lists of teachers and masters) that he inspected personally, including samples of poetry he solicited 6 As Ibn al-FuwaãÊ himself tells it, his own erudition was such that natives of a particular region who came to see him would often ask him about some cultural production of their homeland; for example, a native of Banakat, near Tashkent, who came to Maragha in 671/1272–73 and worked as a copyist, asked Ibn alFuwaãÊ about “poetry by the learned men of Mawarannahr and Turkistan” (Ibn al-FuwaãÊ [1995], vol.

The roundels alternate with pairs of smaller lobed medallions bearing a coiled dragon. 17 The roundels are framed by interlocking circles, a well-known motif in twelfth- and the Mongols and their kin, see the magisterial work by Peter Andrews (1999). 12 Masuya (2002), 81–84. Also see Allsen (1997), 13–15. 13 Masuya (2002), 78. 14 JuwaynÊ (1958), vol. 2, 616. 15 Andrews (1999), pls. 95–108. 16 Komaroff and Carboni, eds. (2002), no. 73, based on Kajitani’s initial research. 17 Both confronted and affronted birds occur.

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