Genealogy and Exemplary Rulership in the Tarikh-i Chingiz Khan<sup>⋆</sup>

Charles Melville

in Living Islamic History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653218 | DOI:
Genealogy and Exemplary Rulership in the Tarikh-i Chingiz Khan⋆

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This chapter focuses on the Tarikh-I Chingiz Khan. It discusses, from a comparative perspective, the celebrated Jami، al-tawarikh of Rashid al-Din and its abridgement in Tarikh-I Chingiz Khan. The main point of interest in the chapter is what the author of Tarikh-I Chingiz Khan chose to include, what he chose to omit, and why. While the Jami، al-tawarikh is a history of the Mongols, of the rise of Chiniz Khan, of the Islamic world and the contact between Islam and other races, the Tarikh-I Chingiz Khan is a book of genealogy, whose purpose is to eulogize the virtues of Chingiz Khan, his pious works and the qualities of his rule.

Keywords: Jami، al-tawarikh; Rashid al-Din; Mongols; book of genealogy; Chingiz Khan

Chapter.  7639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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