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In volume 2 | book 3, The Decline of Islamic Literature | Section 1, From Mongol Rule Until the Conquest of Egypt by Sultan Selīm I in the Year 1517

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Alongside the ʿAbbāsid caliphate, which had long since crumbled to dust, the Mongol onslaught also wiped out the majority of the petty states that had been feeding on the former’s remains. But together with the rotting remains of a moribund world, the Mongol steeds also trampled any of the seeds that could have permitted a successful future cultura…

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Carl Brockelmann, “Introduction”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 17 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2017

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