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Making Mongol HistoryRashid al-Din and the Jami' al-Tawarikh$
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Stefan Kamola

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421423

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421423.001.0001

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New Projects of Faith and Power, 1304–1312

New Projects of Faith and Power, 1304–1312

(p.91) 4 New Projects of Faith and Power, 1304–1312
Making Mongol History

Stefan Kamola

Edinburgh University Press

Oljeitu Sultan (1304-1316) continued his predecessor’s pattern of commissioning histories and building programs to demonstrate his legitimacy. This included a new history of the world, which Rashid al-Din completed in 1307. Rashid al-Din also produced a series of theological collections that established an image of Oljeitu as a divinely sanctioned sovereign. These projects drew Oljeitu and Rashid al-Din into a cycle of patronage and production, which allowed Rashid al-Din to fund a series of charitable and intellectual institutions, further cementing his own historical legacy. This chapter outlines these products of the reign of Oljeitu, showing how they established a new format of kingship for subsequent Persianate courts. It also illuminates the role that ʿAbd Allah Qashani played in writing the material included in Rashid al-Din’s world history.

Keywords:   Oljeitu Sultan, ʿAbd Allah Qashani, patronage, Rashid al-Din, sacred kingship, Rab`-i Rashidi

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