The Mongols and the Islamic World

From Conquest to Conversion

Peter Jackson

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An epic historical consideration of the Mongol conquest of Western Asia and the spread of Islam during the years of non-Muslim rule

The Mongol conquest of the Islamic world began in the early thirteenth century when Genghis Khan and his warriors overran Central Asia and devastated much of Iran. Distinguished historian Peter Jackson offers a fresh and fascinating consideration of the years of infidel Mongol rule in Western Asia, drawing from an impressive array of primary sources as well as modern studies to demonstrate how Islam not only survived the savagery of the conquest, but spread throughout the empire.
This unmatched study goes beyond the well-documented Mongol campaigns of massacre and devastation to explore different aspects of an immense imperial event that encompassed what is now Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan, as well as Central Asia and parts of eastern Europe. It examines in depth the cultural consequences for the incorporated Islamic lands, the Muslim experience of Mongol sovereignty, and the conquerors’ eventual conversion to Islam.

Peter Jackson is emeritus professor of medieval history at Keele University and has written on the Crusades, the eastern Islamic world, and the Mongols. His previous books include The Mongols and the West, 1221–1410. He lives in Staffordshire, UK.

‘At last, we now have a thorough scholarly analysis examining the initial Mongolian conquest and final collapse of their alien regime. Peter Jackson's The Mongols and the Islamic World is the definitive resource text on the Mongol presence and influence in Central Asia and the Muslim world.  It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of the Muslims or the Mongols.’ - Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World 

‘This is a work of great erudition which benefits from Peter Jackson’s life-long mastery of both the Muslim and the European sources for the history of the Mongols. The book is a must for any scholar or student interested in the Mongol Empire.’- Professor Michal Biran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

'Written with a depth and a degree of insight never previously achieved, this accessible study is the most important book on the history of the Mongol Empire to have been published in years.' - David Morgan, author of The Mongols

"A welcome addition to courses on cross-cultural exchange in the pre-modern era, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, or for anyone curious about the Mongols and  Dar al-Islam beyond the conquests that brought the two face-to-face."—Lan Wu, Reading Religion

“A re-examination of the main primary sources on the Mongol rule.”—Maryam Kamali, Canadian Journal of History

"No study has attempted to examine the topic across the empire in both time and space—at least none until the appearance of Peter Jackson’s magnum opus, The Mongols and the Islamic World. . . . The sheer volume of the bibliography is astounding, citing sources from eight traditions or regions and in seven languages. . . . His expertise is unlikely to be superseded in the near future."—Timothy May, Journal of the American Oriental Society

“This extensive work by a distinguished medievalist offers an elaborate insight into the development of the relationship of the Mongols to Islam.”— Jana Valtrová, Religious Studies Review
ISBN: 9780300125337
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
640 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
7 b/w illus., 8 maps + 6 tables