Editor: Paul, Jürgen

Nomad Aristocrats in a World of Empires

17.0 x 24.0 cm, 208 p., 1 maps, 1 illustrations b/w, hardback
88,00 €

ISBN: 9783895009754
Table of Contents

Short Description

The papers published in this volume go back to a conference held November 2011 in Hamburg. The conference was built around the question of domination: of nomads over sedentary people, of sedentary people over nomads, and of nomads over nomads. The contributions study how domination worked in a nomadic context, and how nomadic elites (aristocracies) related to imperial rule.


The papers in the present volume go back to a conference held November 2011 in Hamburg. This conference was built around a central subject, domination, in the interaction between nomadic and sedentary groups and policies, but it also considered internal hierarchies within the nomadic groups. The contributions published here concentrate on Inner Eurasia and the Turko-Iranian world, the Xiongnu, the Seljuqs, and the early Ottomans until ca. 1500 CE. Some contributions take a more general stance and discuss subjects such as “tribalism” in a theoretical framework; one contribution is on the place of the Eurasian steppe nomads in world military history.
One of the central issues is the uneasy relationship between a royal or imperial ruler or dynasty and a stratum of local lords or leaders; in many cases, these local (“aristocratic”) leaders do not owe the power they wielded to some delegation or appointment from “above”. Another question in this context is the problem of fission – how an empire may fall apart along fault lines that may be perceptible even when the empire is strong.
Another major probem is the old question of “tribalism”. What is the idiom of domination in the field? Is it kinship, and might the way in which some of the nomads studied here organise themselves therefore be called “tribalism”? Even though there is no single and consensual answer to this question in the present volume, a number of papers adduce new evidence which supports a negative answer.

Biographical Note

Jürgen Paul, born 1949. PhD in Hamburg 1989 (title of thesis see German version). Habilitation in Hamburg 1993 (title see German version). 1995-2013 professor of Islamic Studies in Halle. Centre of research activities: Social history and history of domination in Iran and (Muslim) Central Asia, ca. 11th-16th centuries.


Anthropology (78) || Aqqoyunlu || Atsız || Aḥmed Beg Aqqoyunlu || Central Asia (51) || Comparative politics (7) || Eastern Europe (238) || Herrschaft (4) || History (799) || History of other lands (3) || History: specific events & topics (287) || Iran (116) || Khwārazmšāhe || Middle East (361) || Military history (14) || Mongolia (5) || Nomaden (15) || Osmanen || Political science & theory (21) || Political structure & processes (15) || Politics & government (67) || Sanǧar || Seldschuken (5) || Social & cultural anthropology (76) || Social & cultural history (48) || Sociology & anthropology (107) || Tribalismus || Turkey (227) || Uzbekistan (8) || Xiongnu || c 2000 to c 1000 BCE (34)