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The Mongols and the Islamic WorldFrom Conquest to Conversion$
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Peter Jackson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125337

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125337.001.0001

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The Onset of Islamization

The Onset of Islamization

(b) Royal Converts and Muslim Resurgence

13 The Onset of Islamization
The Mongols and the Islamic World

Peter Jackson

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the conversion to Islam of the Mongol khans of Western Asia, with particular emphasis on the difficulties confronting royal converts who sought to impose their new faith on their infidel followers and to re-establish the Shariʻa. It begins with an overview of the conversion process among the Jochids and the Chaghadayids and within the Ilkhanate, after which it considers the charge that Mongol khans who had converted to Islam had abandoned the ‘yasa of Chinggis Khan’. It also compares the policies of Ghazan Mamūd and Tegüder Ahmad's towards Christians before concluding with an analysis of Rashīd al-Dīn's ‘official’ history of Ghazan's conversion and the religious stance of Ghazan's forebears.

Keywords:   Islamic conversion, Mongol khans, Jochids, Chaghadayids, Ilkhanate, Islam, Ghazan Mamūd, Tegüder Ahmad, Rashīd al-Dīn, royal converts

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