Historical Thinking in Intercultural Perspective: Iranian Narratives on the Mongol Era
This paper will apply Jörn Rüsen's "intercultural comparison of historical thinking" to modern Iranian historiography on the Mongol period (C13th-14th). In order to appreciate the differences in the historical narratives under examination, Jan Assman's "history of meaning" with its "fictions of coherence" shall be referred to. As the analysis of modern Iranian historiography on the Mongol era demonstrates, it is only under the assumption that these historical narratives are to be understood in the context of a relativistic history of meaning that it is at all possible to accept large parts of their content as plausible.
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