What were the attitudes to diplomacy and kingship in the medieval Islamic world? Anne Broadbridge examines struggles over ideology in the Middle East and Central Asia from 1260 to 1405. She explores two very different ideological worlds: the Islamic world of the Mamluk Sultans of Egypt and Syria, and the Mongol world inhabited by the Golden Horde in Central Asia, the Ilkhanids in Iran and Anatolia, the Ilkhanids' successors, and Temür. The relationships among these rival rulers were often highly charged, and diplomatic missions were exchanged in an effort to promote each ruler's ideology. This is the first book to explore what it meant to be a monarch in the pre-modern Islamic world, and how ideas about sovereignty evolved across the period. This groundbreaking work will appeal to scholars of Middle Eastern and Central Asian history, Mongol history, and Islamic history, as well as historians of diplomacy and ideology.
1. The ideology and the diplomacy
2. The establishment of ideologies (1260–1293/ 658–93)
3. The age of Ilkhanid conversion (1295–1316/694–716)
4. The age of patronage and Muslim supremacy (1317–41/717–41)
5. Mamluk regional sovereignty and the post-Ilkhanid order (1335–82/736–84)
6. The Temürid invasions and the destruction of Mamluk sovereignty (1382–1404/784–807)