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 (ISBN-13: 9780511885532)

For sixty years, from 1260 to 1323, the Mamluk state in Egypt and Syria was at war with the Ilkhanid Mongols based in Persia. This is the first comprehensive study of the political and military aspects of the early years of the war, from the battle of 'Ayn Jalut in 1260 to the battle of Homs in 1281. In between these campaigns, the Mamluk-Ilkhanid struggle was continued in the manner of a 'cold war' with both sides involved in border skirmishes, diplomatic manoeuvres, and espionage. Here, as in the major battles, the Mamluks usually maintained the upper hand, establishing themselves as the foremost Muslim power at the time. By drawing on previously untapped Persian and Arabic sources, the author sheds new light on the confrontation, examining the war within the context of Mongol/Mamluk relations with the Byzantine Empire, the Latin West and the Crusading states.

• Original study of political and military aspects of Mamluk-Ilkhanid wars • Persian and Arabic sources used for the first time • A very readable account by a scholar who is well known in the field


Introduction; 1. The historical background; 2. The battle of 'Ayn Jalut; 3. The formation of anti-Ilkhanid policy; 4. The search for a second front; 5. Military and diplomatic skirmishing; 6. The secret war; 7. Baybars' intervention in Seljuq Rum; 8. Baybars' posthumous victory: the second battle of Homs; 9. The Mamluk-Ilkhanid frontier; 10. Mamluks versus Mongols: an overview.


'… a book that is as important as it is learned, and that offers us a thorough and illuminating study of a turning-point in the history of the Middle East and the Mediterranean world'. David J. Wasserstein, Mediterranean History Review

'Mongols and Mamluks is a welcome addition to the body of knowledge on the transition between the 'Abbasid and post-'Abbasid periods of Islamic History.' Dr Muhammad A. Jabbar Beg, Impact International

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