- I've been in the SCA about 10 weeks now. I have a new found interest
in Il-khanid Persia. I've already studied quite a bit about the
Mongols but a posting of Persian clothing patterns on another list
prompted me to this line of research and I've run into more questions
than answers. I don't know if anyone can help me with this but I'm
asking for authenticity sake so I hope it's ok to post this here. I
also posted this to the SCA_Mongol list and I posted this question to
the Authentic_SCA list and it was suggested that I also post here for
I'm still trying to figure out what type of Mongol persona I want to
develope I've started researching Persia during the time of Mongol
rule and I was wondering if anyone else could offer their opinions on
the subject. I'm specifically thinking of the time during Hulagu's
(Grandson of Chingus Kahn, first mongol independant ruler of Persia,
if I have my facts straight) rule around 1256. My understanding is
that until his death in 1265 Persia under Mongol rule went fairly
well as opposed to the time after his death until 1295 when there was
constant warfare and civil war.
I also read that along with the Chinese and Turkish, the Persians had
a strong cultural effect on the Mongols who lived with these
conquered people. In some ways the Mongols in Persia began to be
influenced and eventually assimilated into the culture (especially by
1295 when Ghaza Khan adopted Islam and assumed the name of Mahumud).
So here is what I'm wondering. How and when would these influences
begin to manifest? Would we see a blending of Mongol and Persian
clothing styles? I know Mongols borrowed names from other cultures.
Would we start to see Mongols giving Persian names to their
offspring? Would a Mongol possibly utilize the Persian style of
lamellar when fighting? Would there be intermarriage between a Mongol
and a Persian? If so how would the mongol/persian offspring have been
treated? Would they be considered Mongol or Persian? Would a Persian
have embraced Mongol traditions? Or would each culture have held
itself apart from the other as much as possible through mutual
hostilities? I know that there would be unique cases but I'm looking
for accuracy sake at what the general trend would have been.
Seeing how Persia was overrun in 1236 by Ogedei and Subedei I would
think that by 1256 when Hulagu took control that perhaps we would
start to see a blending of the two cultures. I'm just not sure how.
Any thoughts? I'm sorry, it's a lot of questions but I'm not sure
where to find answers for the time period of Hulagu. I know Marco
Polo wrote quite a bit about Persia under Mongol rule but it was
around 1273 after Hulegu's reign I think.
Amicia, who probably reads more and ponders more than she should.