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Making Mongol History

Rashid al-Din and the Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh

Stefan Kamola

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Explores Rashid al-Din’s impact on seven centuries of historical writing

    A narrative of early Ilkhanid history accessible to students and useful to scholars A new approach to the biography of one of the most influential figures in medieval Islamic history Includes appendices describing the structure, sources and illustrative programs of the Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh and cataloguing all known manuscripts of the work Shows the relationship between early modern Persian and modern European structures of knowledge about the Mongol world

This book examines the life and work of Rashid al-Din Tabib (d. 1318), the most powerful statesman working for the Mongol Ilkhans in the Middle East. It begins with an overview of administrative history and historiography in the early Ilkhanate, culminating with Rashid al-Din’s Blessed History of Ghazan, the indispensable source for Mongol and Ilkhanid history. Later chapters lay out the results of the most comprehensive study to date of the manuscripts of Rashid al-Din’s historical writing. The complicated relationship between Rashid al-Din’s historical and theological writings is also explored, as well as his appropriation of the work of his contemporary historian, `Abd Allah Qashani.



Chapter 1. Mongols in a Muslim world, 1218-1280

Chapter 2. The likely course of an unlikely life, 1248-1302

Chapter 3. Mongol dynastic history, 1302-1304

Chapter 4. New projects of faith and power, 1304-1312

Chapter 5. Remaking Mongol history, 1307-1313

Chapter 6. Creating the image of Rashid al-Din, 1312-1335

Epilogue. Rashid al-Din at the court of Shahrokh

Appendix A. The Collected Histories and its illustrations

Appendix B. A descriptive catalogue of manuscripts of the Collected Histories


About the Author

Stefan Kamola is Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington in 2013 and then spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows. Stefan has published an article in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and a chapter in Stewart and Babaie, eds., The Idea of Iran: Post-Mongol Polities and the Reinvention of Iranian identities (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).

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