By Linda Komaroff

This e-book deals a wide-ranging account of the Mongols in western and jap Asia within the aftermath of Genghis Khan's disruptive invasions of the early 13th century, targeting the numerous cultural, social, spiritual and political alterations that of their wake. the problems thought of quandary paintings, governance, international relations, trade, court docket existence, and concrete tradition within the Mongol international empire as initially provided at a 2003 symposium on the l. a. County Museum of artwork and now distilled during this quantity. This choice of 23 papers through a few of the major gurus within the box demonstrates either the scope and the intensity of the present nation of Mongol-related experiences and may unquestionably encourage and impress extra examine. The textual content is profusely illustrated through 27 colour and one hundred ten black-and-white illustrations.

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Several Mongol examples are illustrated in Wardwell (1988–89), figs. 12, 13, 36, and 38. On the symbolism of roosters in Persian art and literature see Daneshvari (1986), 56–67. indd 5 6/27/2006 2:01:19 PM 6 introduction thirteenth-century Iranian metalwork. Also mixing East and West, the background is filled with a scrolling, arabesque-like peony design and small floral medallions bearing a stylized bird, possibly a phoenix. Across the upper edge of the panels is a pearl border, a type of design found in Iranian textiles dating back to Sasanian times; this was originally surmounted by a pseudo-Kufic inscriptional band of which only a fraction survives on some panels.

In the larger view, the picture is far richer and more complicated than sheer destruction,6 as this collection of papers ably demonstrates. These papers offer a wide-ranging account of the Mongols in western and eastern Asia in the aftermath of Genghis Khan’s disruptive invasions of the early thirteenth century, focusing on the significant cultural, social, religious and political changes that followed in their wake. An important subtext of this volume (and a major theme of the exhibition and the related symposium) is the cultural transmission that occurred in concert with the establishment of a Mongol world empire.

Yet another account is valuable in this regard for reminding us of the variety of skills beyond the mystical discipline, contemplative vigor, or miraculous powers highlighted by later hagiographers that made Sufis attractive to the Mongol elite as transmitters of cultural knowledge and thereby facilitated their role as ‘bearers’ of Islam. It deals again with a Sufi known personally to Ibn al-FuwaãÊ, Majd al-DÊn Abå •§hir Ibr§hÊm b. MuÈammad b. ” At some unspecified time, “he was summoned to the presence of Sulã§n Ghazan b.

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