- Synthesizes historical information from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Latin sources that are otherwise inaccessible to English-speaking audiences.
- Presents in an accessible manner individual life stories that serve as a springboard for discussing themes such as military expansion, cross-cultural contacts, migration, conversion, gender, diplomacy, transregional commercial networks, and more.
- Each chapter includes a bibliography to assist students and instructors seeking to further explore the individuals and topics discussed.
- Informative maps, images, and tables throughout the volume supplement each biography.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Notes on Dates and Transliterations xv
Introduction Michal Biran Jonathan Brack Francesco Fiaschetti 1
Part 1 Generals 25
1 Guo Kan: Military Exchanges between China and the Middle East Florence Hodous 27
2 Baiju: The Mongol Conqueror at the Crossfire of Dynastic Struggle Sara Nur Yildiz 44
3 Qutulun: The Warrior Princess of Mongol Central Asia Michal Biran 64
4 Yang Tingbi: Mongol Expansion along the Maritime Silk Roads Masaki Mukai Francesca Fiaschetti 83
5 Sayf al-Din Qipchaq al-Mansuri: Defection and Ethnicity between Mongols and Mamluks Amir Mazor 102
6 Tuqtuqa and His Descendants: Cross-Regional Mobility and Political Intrigue in the Mongol Yuan Army Vered Shurany 120
Part 2 Merchants 141
7 Ja 'far Khwaja: Sayyid, Merchant, Spy, and Military Commander of Chinggis Khan Yihao Qiu 143
8 Diplomacy, Black Sea Trade, and the Mission of Baldwin of Hainaut John Giebfried 160
9 Jamal al-Din al-Tibi: The Iraqi Trader "Who Traversed Asia Matanya Gill 175
10 Tayduia: A Golden Horde Queen and Patron of Christian Merchants Szilvia Kovács 194
Part 3 Intellectuals 213
11 Rashid al-Din: Buddhism in Iran and the Mongol Silk Roads Jonathan Brack 215
12 Fu Mengzhi: "The Sage of Cathay" in Mongol Iran and Astral Sciences along the Silk Roads Yoichi Isahaya 238
13 Isa Kelemechi: A Translator Turned Envoy between Asia and Europe Hodong Kim 255
14 Padshah Khatun: An Example of Architectural, Religious, and Literary Patronage in Ilkhanid Iran Bruno De Nicola 270
15 Islamic Learning on the Silk Roads: The Career of Jalal al-Din al-Akhawi Or Amir 290
List of Contributors 321