The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History
Between China and the Islamic World
By (author) Michal Biran
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Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History by Michal Biran
Book DescriptionThe empire of the Qara Khitai, which was one of the least known and most fascinating dynasties in the history of Central Asia, existed for nearly a century before it was conquered by the Mongols in 1218. Arriving in Central Asia from China, the Qara Khitai ruled over a mostly Muslim population. Their history affords a unique window onto the extensive cross-cultural contacts between China, Inner Asian nomads and the Muslim world in the period preceding the rise of Chinggis Khan. Using an extensive corpus of Muslim and Chinese sources, Michal Biran comprehensively examines the political, institutional and cultural histories of the Qara Khitai. Her book explores a range of topics including the organization of the army, the position of women, the image of China in Muslim Central Asia,the religions of the Qara Khitai and the legacy they left for the Mongols. Crucially she asks why they did not, unlike their predecessors and successors in Central Asia, embrace Islam. The book represents a groundbreaking contribution to the field of Eurasian history for students of the Islamic world, China and Central Asia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521066020
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michal Biran
Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History, Hardback (September 2005)
The book considers the political, institutional and cultural histories of the Qara Khitai.
Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia, Hardback (December 1997)» View all books by Michal Biran
This work examines Qaidu (1236-1301), one of the great rebels in the history of the Mongol Empire, who was the grandson of Ogedei, the son Genghis Khan had chosen to be his heir. It focuses on how, in the 1270s, Qaidu succeeded in establishing a kingdom of the house of Ogedei in central Asia.
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Author Biography - Michal Biran
Michal Biran is Lecturer at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her previous publications include Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia (1997) and Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World (2005; co-edited with Reuven Amitai).
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