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25 07, 2017

The Mamluks – Medieval Islamic history

By |2019-09-19T18:40:12-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam|16 Comments

Mamluks: A Mamluk inn for merchants in Cairo Mamluks were enslaved soldiers The Mamluks were originally enslaved bodyguards of the Abbasid caliphs of the Islamic Empire (the word "mamluk" just means "slave" in Arabic). Starting around 850 AD, the Abbasid caliphs captured or bought young boys who were not Muslims as slaves. Who were the Abbasids? Sunni and Shiite History of [...]

31 05, 2017

Toregene and Kublai Khan – Mongol Empire History

By |2017-05-31T15:37:25-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|0 Comments

Coin of Toregene Toregene ruled the Mongol Empire for five years. By then she was not in good health - she was about 55 years old. She passed on her power to her son Guyuk in 1246 AD and went into retirement, where she died less than two years later. Mongke Khan [...]