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Title A STUDY OF AN UNKNOWN PRIMARY DOCUMENT ON THE FALL OF ABBASID BAGHDAD TO THE MONGOLS (WRITTEN BY THE DEFEATED SIDE)
Author ALI BAHRANI POUR
Volume Vol. 2 No. 2
Pages pp. 7~27 (all 21 pages)
Publication Date December, 2017
Keyword the fall of Baghdad, the Mongols, the Abbasid Caliphate
Abstract The present study aims to do a documental study of the Mongol invasion and the fall of Baghdad (the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate) in 1258 CE. It is a case study on a document and two comments on it, which were originally recovered from the burial shroud of a person killed during Hülegü’s conquest of Baghdad. This document was later inserted by someone (possibly by one of its two commentators) in a section of a primary manuscript of Kitab al-Wara’a (written in 1147 CE). Then Os̤man ibn Ġānim al-Hiti and Ṭahir ibn ‘Abd-Allāh ibn Ibrahim ibn Aḥmad, as commentators, wrote their comments about the document. Although these documents are in the form of fragmentary notes, they are rare primary sources that depict the events and the conditions of the siege, the conquest of Baghdad and the collapse of Abbasid Caliphate. This article, while providing images, revised texts, and translations1 of the documents, aims to introduce them and to explore the civil factors contributing to the fall of Baghdad.
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