Ibn al-Alqami (d. 656/1258), The Last Vizier of Abbasid, and His Relationship with The Mongols


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HANÇABAY H. İ.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF HISTORY-TARIH DERGISI, no.72, pp.45-76, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/iutd.727887
  • Journal Name: TURKISH JOURNAL OF HISTORY-TARIH DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), L'Année philologique, Historical Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-76
  • Keywords: Abbasid, Ibn al-Alqami, Baghdad, Hulagu, Mongols, Vizierate
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The rule of the Abbasid that lasted for more than five centuries declined after Hulagu's destruction of Baghdad. This paper intends to scrutinize the administrative and political activities of Muayyad al-Din Ibn al-Alqami who served as the head of the dar al-tashrifat and became ustadar then vizier when the Mongolian threat to the Abbasids increased. The main concern of this study is the opinions put forward by Ibn al-Alqami about the measures which had to be taken against the Mongols, and criticisms raised against him regarding his ideas. That is why the subject to be initially addressed in this article is Ibn al-Alqami's apprenticeship as a clerk (katib) and then his appointment as the ustadar. Subsequently, this will be followed by his vizierate, his relationship with the Mongols and his death.