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Ilkhanate of Persia (1258 C.E. - 1335 C.E)

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A drawing of Hulegu, grandson of Chinggis Khan and founder of the Ilkhanate of Persia

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The Ilkhanate of Persia

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Technology

Our empire lasted only about eighty years and during much of that time we were still trying to consolidate our power, so no major advancements were made during the period. Our skills as horsemen and the ingenuity of our saddles and stir-ups gave us advantages in wars but the technology improving calvary warfare was developed long before our time.

Culture

We were a migratory people. Moving wherever our herds went on the Russian Steppe we never developed any architecture all our own or disticntive political organization. We took bits and peices from the civilizations we conquered and when we finally settled down to rule our conquered lands, we were lost. We had never had to have organized governments before, so we borrowed heavily from the conquered culture, until we began to accept it as our own. We even rnnounced our native religion to become an Islamic peoples.

Religion

Before our conquest of the Islamic Abbasid Empire, we believed in shamans and the mystic powers that they possessed. However when we came into this new land and encountered so many new religions we didn't know what to do. At first we just held true to our beliefs and left other people hold true to theirs, but then one of our leaders Ilkhan Ghazan converted to Islam and many of our people followed. From that point on other religions were deemed inferior and actively persecuted.

Blog

Blog Entry One:
1258 C.E. -- I, Hulegu Khan, have been given the charge to attack and subdue the Muslim lands of Persia and to establish Mongol rule to the Nile River. I have succeded in part. Today the Abbasid empire has fallen to me, the capital city of Baghdad has been taken and the caliph has been safely eliminated from the picture. We also massacred over 200,000 civilians in an attempt to quell any rebellions before they can begin. The way to rule is through fear.
Blog Entry Two:
1259 C.E. -- Our ruler Ilkhan Ghazan has taken a radical step today. He as abandoned the native shamanism of the Mongols in order to convert to the Islamic faith. He did not make this coversion a secret but openly declared it hoping to gain as many converts from the masses of his subjects as possible. I can already see the unrest in the city, Christians and Jews are getting nervous. They can tell the the period of free religious practice has ended and that the pursecution will begin again soon.
Blog Entry Three:

1290 C.E, -- The ilkhanate is collapsing. The treasury is depleted and financial difficulties are setting in. Today the ilkhan declared that paper money was now the currency of the land and that all subjects of the Ilkhanate should accept it as payment for debts. I can already see that this movement will be a failure. The merchants are yelling in the street that paper is worthless and that they would rather close their shops than accept this foolish currency. Never before have I heard such conviction in their voices. This could be bad for the Ilkhanate.

The Wall

Without you our empire would have never have failed. Sure we were rather politically unstable, but that is of no importance. We don’t really see why you felt the need to extend your empire into ours. Do you really need more land. No I don’t think so. And as for whatever you have to say about your ‘superiority,’ well all I have to say to that is our empire was by far more culturally and technologically advanced then you ever were. So brains over brawns! ~Abbasid Dynasty
Bibliography:
Bentley, Jerry, and Herbert Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 3rd. Boston: Mc Graw Hill, 2006.History Facebook Home