Professor David Morgan will giving a lecture entitled “Iran’s Mongol Experience” on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30pm in the Chazen Museum of Art, Room L140. This lecture is sponsored by the UW Center for the Humanitiesas part of their ‘Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture’ Series.
Iran was invaded by the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan in 1219-23, and again by his grandson in the 1250s. The Mongol kingdom that was set up at that time lasted until the 1330s. The lecture will explore the nature of the Mongol impact on Iran. Was it wholly destructive, as traditionally believed, or are there positive elements that historians, without minimising the death and destruction that the Mongols brought with them, ought also to consider?
David O. Morgan is professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Medieval Persia 1040-1797, “History of the Near East” (Longman, 1988) and The Mongols, “Peoples of Europe” (Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1986).
Please join us for a “Humanities Happy Hour” before the lecture, The University Club will open a cash bar from 4pm-5.30 that afternoon.