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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 343: Creative Mobility: Networks and Nomadic Power in Pre-Modern Eurasia

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Angus Russell, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Catherine Holmes, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 343-aShi'is, Sayyids, and Local Elites in Mongol Iran
(Language: English)
Edith X. Chen, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 343-bQarakhanid Networks
(Language: English)
Dilnoza Duturaeva, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 343-cMongol Legacies and Political Networks in 15th-Century Rus'
(Language: English)
Angus Russell, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Trade, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session will explore how nomadic polities fashioned the emergence of networks throughout pre- and post-Mongol Eurasia. Despite being perceived as a key agent of mobility, nomadic power is often identified solely as a disruptive force. But did its interactions across cultures instead serve as the catalyst to different kinds of relationships? By exploring institutional, intellectual, and religious currents in the Slavonic world, Central Asia, China and Iran, the papers presented will offer new interpretations of network creation beyond the medieval West: to ask not merely how nomadic polities emerged from 'outside', but also how they effected change from within.