Temür and the problem of a conqueror's legacy

  title={Tem{\"u}r and the problem of a conqueror's legacy},
  author={Beatrice Forbes Manz},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  pages={21 - 41}
  • B. F. Manz
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Temür has been many things to many people. He was nomad and city-builder, Turk and promoter of Persian culture, restorer of the Mongol order and warrior for the spread of Islam. One thing he was to all: a conqueror of unequalled scope, able to subdue both the vast areas of nomad power to the north and the centres of agrarian Islamic culture to the south. The history of his successors was one of increasing political fragmentation and economic stress. Yet they too won fame, as patrons over a… 

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