The Mongol Ilkhans and Their Vizier Rashid al-Din

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The descendents of Cingiz Khan, `the World Conqueror’, founded a number of dynasties from Siberia to the Russian steppes. In 656 AH/1258 AD his grandson Hulegu destroyed the Caliphate in Baghdad and established the Mongol Ilkhanate in Iran with the centres Tabriz and Maragheh. To rule over an old Islamic civilization with a city culture and to cope with the Islamic enemy at their western border beyond the Euphrates, became a great challenge for the Mongols. Several changes of politics and their conversion to the majority’s creed, the Sunna, and later to the Shia testify to their endeavour to stabilize their rule and find a new identity. Their conversion to Islam had a great, positive impact on Islamic culture and the sciences. This volume casts a light upon the historical events, in search of the reasons for the Ilkhans’ changes of politics and religion.

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