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    Posted: 08-Jan-2005 at 00:45

An interesting new book about the Khrara Khitai empire is due out soon. Anyone interested should keep an eye out. The book will be called:

The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History : Between China and the Islamic World
by Michal Biran, David Morgan

According to Amazon.com it's due out June 30th (in the US). Should be interesting.

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  Quote ihsan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Jan-2005 at 13:18
Hmm, interesting
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-May-2006 at 13:32

qara, qara, it is wrong.

should be hala kidan.

hala means black.

i know a little bit kidan words.

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  Quote Uyghur Oghli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-May-2006 at 18:06
Originally posted by halakidan

hala means black.



Qara (Khara) means black in Turkic languages.
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  Quote tadamson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-May-2006 at 20:56
Originally posted by Snafu

An interesting new book about the Khrara Khitai empire is due out soon. Anyone interested should keep an eye out. The book will be called:

The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History : Between China and the Islamic World
by Michal Biran, David Morgan

According to Amazon.com it's due out June 30th (in the US). Should be interesting.



The book is excellent,   Biran is very good, all her books are well worth buying.
nb. David is the series editor, not a co-author.


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  Quote Stiopa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-May-2006 at 17:44
thank tou for the information...
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Tom,
 
how well does the book cover the Mongol invasion?
 
 
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  Quote Snafu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2006 at 07:47

I saw the table of contents for the book and it does look very detailed. It has to be the most comprehensive book on Khara Khitai available in a western language. It even covers Yelu Dashi's early days in the Mongolian outpost of Kedun (where he first fled to after the empire fell). I've never read any detailed info anywhere about his stay in Kedun, so I'm anxious to read the book.

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  Quote tadamson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2006 at 10:46
By the stage the Mongols arrived the state had virtually collapsed.  The book is a general history so doen't go into great detail on campaigns etc (Bartold give you that).

As with the Quidan kingdom the Quidan troops rapidly assimilated with the Mongols (remember 18,000 QuaraKhitai troops had joined the Mongols in 1211 for the attack on the Jin).  The subject Quangli Turks also became enthusiastic "Mongols" (quite large numbers of these were later relocated to Manchuria, to become elite troops for the Yuan). 
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