Today in Middle Eastern History: the Battle of Ayn Jalut (1260)

But although the forces that would eventually split the empire apart were unleashed in 1251, in 1260 the whole thing still looked mostly like one big family enterprise. Upon his succession, Möngke had ordered major new military expeditions into southern China and the Middle East. He put one of his brothers, Hulagu, in charge of… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern History: the Battle of Ayn Jalut (1260)

Today in Middle Eastern History: the Battle of Ayn Jalut (1260)

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(Reminder: I’m on a break this week) In 1260, the Mongols were riding as high as they’d been at any time since Genghis Khan’s death in 1215. In less than 10 years, their armies had stormed through Iran and Iraq, crushing the notorious “Assassins” sect…