By the mid-fourteenth century, the world empire founded by Genghis Khan was in crisis. The Mongol Ilkhanate had ended in Iran and Iraq, China’s Mongol rulers were threatened by the native Ming, and the Golden Horde and the Central Asian Mongols were prey to internal discord. Into this void moved the warlord Tamerlane, the last major conqueror to emerge from Inner Asia.
In this authoritative account, Peter Jackson traces Tamerlane’s rise to power against the backdrop of the decline of Mongol rule. Jackson argues that Tamerlane, a keen exponent of Mongol custom and tradition, operated in Genghis Khan’s shadow and took care to draw parallels between himself and his great precursor. But, as a Muslim, Tamerlane drew on Islamic traditions, and his waging of wars in the name of jihad, whether sincere or not, had a more powerful impact than those of any Muslim Mongol ruler before him.
“A fascinating reappraisal of one of the greatest conquerors and empire-builders the world has ever seen.”—Justin Marozzi, author of Tamerlane
“A truly exceptional piece of scholarship – drawing upon meticulous research, Jackson offers a deeply insightful panorama of a turbulent and fascinating era.”—Nicholas Morton, author of The Mongol Storm
“Peter Jackson expands his lifetime of excellent Muslim and Mongol scholarship to give us a broad and deep portrayal of the lives of these two conquerors who helped shape the history of Asia in the last millennium. Only a scholar of Jackson's experience can present one of the most important eras of history in such a well organized and comprehensive manner.”—Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
“Peter Jackson’s latest book re-evaluating Timur and his legacy will be no less impactful than his classic volume on the Mongols and Europe. He has not only produced yet another authoritative, commanding text but re-interpreted and redefined the role and legacy of Timur-i-Lang.”—George Lane, author of A Short History of the Mongols