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Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire
A Cultural History of Islamic Textiles


Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893145

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  • In the thirteenth century the Mongols created a vast, transcontinental empire that intensified commercial and cultural contact throughout Eurasia. From the outset of their expansion, the Mongols identified and mobilized artisans of diverse backgrounds, frequently transporting them from one cultural zone to another. Prominent among those transported were Muslim textile workers, resettled in China, where they made clothes for the imperial court. In a meticulous and fascinating account, the author investigates the significance of cloth and colour in the political and cultural life of the Mongols. Situated within the broader context of the history of the Silk Road, the primary line in East-West cultural communication during the pre-Muslim era, the study promises to be of interest not only to historians of the Middle East and Asia, but also to art historians and textile specialists.

    • Study situates Islamic culture and institutions within wider Eurasian context
    • Broad interdisciplinary appeal: historians of Middle East, Asia, and art historians, anthropologists
    • Second book of mature scholar, elegantly written and very readable
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    'In its brief compass Allsen's book makes important contributions to the study of the Mongols, offering us not only specific new information but, more importantly, alternative ways to view the workings of the Mongol Empire and its impact on the regions it covered. Allsen has chosen an original subject and investigated it in his usual imaginative, practical, and meticulous fashion. The results are illuminating.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893145
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 153 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Consumption and use
    3. Acquisition and production
    4. Clothing and colour
    5. Cultural transmission
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Thomas T. Allsen, Trenton State College, New Jersey

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