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Women in Mongol Iran: the Khatuns, 1206-1335

Women in Mongol Iran: the Khatuns, 1206-1335

De Nicola, Bruno, author

Explores the political, economic and religious role of women in the Mongol empire This book shows the development of women's status in the Mongol Empire from its original homeland in Mongolia up to the end of the Ilkhanate of Iran in 1335. Taking a thematic approach, the chapters show a coherent progression of this development and contextualise the evolution of the role of women in medieval Mongol society. The arrangement serves as a starting point from where to draw comparison with the status of Mongol women in the later period. Exploring patterns of continuity and transformation in the status of these women in different periods of the Mongol Empire as it expanded westwards into the Islamic world, the book offers a view on the transformation of a nomadic-shamanist society from its original homeland in Mongolia to its settlement in the mostly sedentary-Muslim Iran in the mid-13th century

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Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Bruno De Nicola
ISBN: 1474415474, 1474415482, 1474415490, 9781474415477, 9781474415484, 9781474415491
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed May 8, 2017).
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Subject: Middle East.; Women Iran 14th century.; Women Middle East Social life and customs.; Iran.; Women Middle East Influence.; Women Social life and customs.; Women Social conditions.; Women Middle East Social conditions.; Women Influence.; RELIGION Islam History.; Middle East History To 1500.; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations.; Biography and True Stories.; Women.; SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies.; Women Iran 13th century.
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  1. Introduction : The Study of Women in the Mongol Empire
  2. Women and Politics from the Steppes to World Empire
  3. Regents and Empresses : Women's Rule in the Mongols' World Empire
  4. Political Involvement and Women's Rule in the Ilkhanate
  5. Women and the Economy of the Mongol Empire
  6. Mongol Women's Encounters with Eurasian Religions
  7. Concluding Remarks.