The Silk Road I: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Legacy in Western Asia (1200-1500)
Value half unit
Dr. Evrim Binbaş
Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars
Best one of two coursework essays (50%), oral presentation (10%), museum/exhibition report (20%), quiz (20%)This course examines the formation of the Mongol Empire and its impact on the social, political, and cultural life in Western Asia. Although the Mongol Empire was founded in Inner Asia, the Mongol presence in Western Asia influenced and shaped the Islamic religion, politics, and culture for centuries to come. The execution of the last Abbasid caliph and the abolition of the caliphate in Baghdad in 1258, and the penetration of the Mongol law, i.e. the yasa, can be considered the most enduring legacies of the Mongols in Western Asia. While discussing the Mongols and their presence in Western Asia, the course will also consider other intellectual and social changes that occurred in the late medieval period. Among the themes which are explored in this course are the formation of the Mongol Empire rise of institutional Sufism, the interaction between tribal and sedentary populations in Central Asia, Ibn Khaldun and the politics of historiography, the development of Safavid Messianism, and the rise, rule, and empire of Tamerlane.