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ME4857   The Mongol Empire and the Islamic World

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Wednesday 09:30 - 12:30

The nomadic Mongols in the thirteenth century founded a vast empire that stretched at its height from Europe to Korea. The impact of the Mongols was felt across the known world, but particularly in the Islamic world, where the Mongol invasions precipitated a religious and political crisis that forever altered the Middle East. This module investigates how this empire came into being, its sources and history between c. 1200 and 1370, the emergence of new Mongol states after the collapse of the unified empire, and gives particular attention to understanding the significance of the Mongol conquests for the Muslim world, although other regions are also covered, such as China, where Islam was spread through Mongol converts. The course examines Mongol history through primary sources in translation along with introducing classical Mongol culture and language.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar. Optional 2 hour office hour

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 528

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 40%, 3-hour Written Examination = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor A C S Peacock
Module teaching staff: Prof A Peacock