The Mongols in Iran: Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Mongols in Iran

Qutb Al-Din Shirazi's Akhbar-i Moghulan, 1st Edition

By George Lane


128 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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The polymath, Qutb al-Dīn Shīrāzī, operated at the heart of the Ilkhanate state (1258–1335) from its inception under Hulegu. He worked alongside the scientist and political adviser, Nasir al-Dīn Ṭūsī, who had the ear of the Ilkhans and all their chief ministers.

The Mongols in Iran provides an annotated, paraphrased translation of a thirteenth-century historical chronicle penned, though not necessarily authored, by Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī. This chronicle, a patchwork of anecdotes, detailed accounts, diary entries and observations, comprises the notes and drafts of a larger, unknown, and probably lost historical work. It is specific, factual, and devoid of the rhetorical hyperbole and verbal arabesques so beloved of other writers of the period. It outlines the early years of the Chinggisid empire, recounts the rule of Hulegu Khan and his son Abaqa, and finally, details the travails and ultimate demise and death of Abaqa’s brother and would be successor, Ahmad Tegudar. Shirazi paints the Mongol khans in a positive light and opens his chronicle with a portrait of Chinggis Khan in almost hallowed terms.

Throwing new light on well-known personalities and events from the early Ilkhanate, this book will appeal to anyone studying the Mongol Empire, Medieaval History, and Persian Literature.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: The Akhbār-i-Moghūlān dar Anbāneh ye Quṭb by Quṭb al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn Mascūd Shīrāzī
  2. A Straight Translation: The Akhbār-i-Moghūlān dar Anbāneh-ye Quṭb
  3. An Annotated Translation: The Akhbār-i-Moghūlān dar Anbāneh-ye Quṭb
  4. Personages
  5. Bibliography

About the Author

George Lane returned to academia in 1991 after many years living and working in the Middle East and Asia. Since obtaining his PhD in 2001 he has published, lectured, and talked about the Mongols, the Ilkhanate, and various aspects of mediaeval Islamic history all over the world.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey

This series publishes important studies dealing with the history of Iran and Turkey in the period 1000-1700 AD. This period is significant because it heralds the advent of large numbers of nomadic Turks from Central Asia into the Islamic world. Their influence was felt particularly strongly in Iran and Turkey, territories which they permanently transformed.
The series presents translations of medieval Arabic and Persian texts which chronicle the history of the medieval Turks and Persians, and also publishes scholarly monographs which handle themes of medieval Turkish and Iranian history such as historiography, nomadisation and folk Islam.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Iran
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies