My research is a part of the NWO grant for the 'Turks, Texts and Territory' project of Dr. Gabrielle van den Berg here at Leiden University. The purpose of this project is to problematize traditional views on the relationships between Turkic and and non-Turkic people in Central Asia and the Middle East from the 11th to the 14th centuries by focusing on Turkic contibutions to cultural production in the five Silk Road cities of Kashgar, Samarkand, Ghazna, Tabriz, and Konya.
My project will focus on the concepts of loyalty, punishment and violence in the Turco-Mongol world. What I seek to consider is how Mongol rulers originally perceived loyalty and how disloyalty was punished and the forms that that punishment took. I am seeking to analyse both how the Mongols' entry into the sedentary world (in particular the Persianate world) affected their views on these matters and on how the Mongols' own traditional forms of looking at loyalty and punishment percolated in later times into the lands that they ruled. In this I hope to consider both the interaction between nomad and settled; Turk/Mongol and Persian; and Chinggisid norms and Perso-Islamic values. I want to emphasise the bilateral transfer of ideas and concepts that occurred during and in the wake of the Mongol conquests of western Asia.
- Central Asian history and culture
- Iranian history
- Iranian language
- Mongol history
2007-2011 MA Mediaeval History, First Class, University of St Andrews, UK
2014-2016 ResMA Middle Eastern Studies, Cum Laude, Leiden University, The Netherlands