The Jalayirids: Dynastic State Formation in the

The Jalayirids: Dynastic State Formation in the Mongol Middle East – Patrick Wing`
Edinburgh University Press | 2016 | PDF

The story of how one tribal family claimed the legacy of Chinggis Qan in Persia

The period of Middle Eastern history between the collapse of the Mongol Ilkhanate in 1335 and the rise of Timur (Tamerlane) at the end of the fourteenth century is commonly seen as a tumultuous time of political breakdown and disorder. This book helps to make sense of this confusing period by tracing the origins, history and memory of the Jalayirid dynasty, a family that succeeded the Mongol Ilkhans in Iran and Iraq in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries and claimed to be the rightful heirs of the Chinggisid Mongols. The story of how the Jalayirids came to power is illustrative of the political dynamics that shaped much of the Mongol and post-Mongol period in the Middle East.

Key Features:
• Shows how the Jalayirid sultans sought to preserve the social and political order of the Ilkhanate while claiming they were the rightful heirs to its rulership
• Considers the importance of controlling Azarbayjan and its major city Tabriz for the success of the Jalayirid dynasty
• Examines the relationship between tribal and dynastic identity among the post-Mongol rulers in Iran, Iraq and Anatolia Includes maps and a genealogy of the Jalayirid Dynasty