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Anne F. Broadbridge


Associate Professor

Office: Herter 623
Telephone: (413) 545-6777
Fax: (413) 545-6137

Degree: Ph.D., University of Chicago (2001).
Fields of interest: Medieval Middle East, Mamluk Empire, Mongols

Research Interests and Professional Activities

Professor Broadbridge is currently on sabbatical to complete her second book, The Imperial Women of Chinggis Khan, which investigates Chinggis Khan’s mother, wives, daughters, and daughters-in-law to see the startling logistical, political and ideological impact they made on the creation and military expansion of the Mongol Empire. She anticipates finishing this project in summer 2016. She has also just completed three exciting years as Director of the University of Massachusetts Oxford Summer Seminar, in which 40-45 students attend intensive classes for six brilliant weeks at Trinity College, Oxford University.

Professor Broadbridge’s research interests include the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517), the Mongol Empire and the Ottoman Empire; the Turkic warlord Temür (Tamerlane), and the concepts of ideology, legitimacy, diplomacy, and women in history. Her first book, Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds (Cambridge University Press, 2008), examines the conflicting ideas of kingship that the Mamluk Sultans of Egypt and Syria exchanged through diplomacy with Mongol and Turkish rulers in Southern Russia, Central Asia and Iran.

Her articles have covered a range of topics, which include women and gender under Mongol rule (2017); the political careers of in-law families in Genghis Khan’s empire (2016); diplomats and their careers among Mamluks and Mongols (2015); a case of Temürid-Mamluk espionage (2010); the impulse towards bringing family from home among the Mamluk elite (2008); diplomatic conventions in Egypt (2007); apostasy trials in Egypt and Syria (2006); monarchy in the Islamic world (2004); the influence of the North African scholar Ibn Khaldun on historical writing among the Mamluks and the Ottomans (2003); Mamluk legitimacy and the Mongols (2001) and academic rivalry and patronage in Mamluk Egypt (1998).

Professor Broadbridge has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (Fulbright-Hays), the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation, and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. She has received a University of Massachusetts Faculty Research Grant, a College of Humanities and Fine Arts Research Grant, a UMass Provost’s Office Research Grant, and a Hewlett Course Development Grant on Pluralism and Unity. She has been twice nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2004 received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as a Lilly Teaching Fellowship from the UMass Center for Teaching. Her courses are Middle East History I, Mongol and Turkic Empires, The Crusades, The Ottoman Empire, and Islamic Movements in History.


Book and Articles

“Marriage, Family and Politics: The Ilkhanid-Oirat Connection.” In Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Special edition, edited by Timothy May and Peter Jackson. [Festschrift for David O. Morgan] London, Forthcoming, 2016.

“Women and Gender under Mongol Rule.” Co-authored with Bettine Birge. The Cambridge History of the Mongol Empire. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017.

“Careers in Diplomacy among Mamluks and Mongols, 1260-1341.” In Proceeds of the "Mamluk Cairo, a Crossroad for Embassies," Conference, 6-8 September 2012, Liège, Belgium. Forthcoming, Brill, 2015.

“Spy or Rebel? The Curious Incident of the Temürid Sulṭān-Ḥusayn’s Defection to the Mamluks at Damascus in 1400-01/803.” In Mamluk Studies Review XIV (2010): 29-42.

Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Sending Home for Mom and Dad: The Extended Family Impulse in Mamluk Politics.”Mamluk Studies Review 12 (2008): 1-18.

“Diplomatic Conventions in the Mamluk Sultanate.” Annales Islamologiques 41 (2007): 97-118.

“Apostasy Trials in Eighth/Fourteenth Century Egypt and Syria: A Case Study.” In The History and Historiography of Central Asia: a Festschrift for John E. Woods. Ed. Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh A. Quinn in collaboration with Ernest Tucker. (Wiesbaden, 2006): 363-82.

“Monarchy, Islamic.” Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Charles Scribner’s Sons (2004): 4:1494-96.

“Royal Authority, Justice and Order in Society: The Influence of Ibn Khaldun on the Writings of Maqrizi and Ibn Taghribirdi.” Mamluk Studies Review 7 ii (2003): 231-45.

“Mamluk Legitimacy and the Mongols: the Reigns of Baybars and Qalawun.” Mamluk Studies Review 5 (2000): 91-118.

“Academic Rivalry and the Patronage System: al-Maqrizi, al-Ayni and Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani.” Mamluk Studies Review 3 (1999): 85-107.


Review of Dohris Behrens-Abouseif, Practising Diplomacy in the Mamluk Sultanate: Gifts and Material Cultural in the Medieval Islamic World (London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2014), for Journal of Islamic Studies, forthcoming.

Review of Nimroz Luz, The Mamluk City in the Middle East: History, Culture and the Urban Landscape, Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), for Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, forthcoming.

Review of Ron Sela, The Legendary Biographies of Tamerlane: Islam and Heroic Apocrypha in Central Asia (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011) for Journal of the American Oriental Society 133.4 (Oct-Dec 2013): 715-717.

Review of Timothy May, The Mongols in World History (London: Reaktion Books, 2012) for The Journal of World History 24:3 (December 2013), 696-699.

Review of John Lash Meloy, Imperial Power and Maritime Trade: Mecca and Cairo in the Later Middle Ages. Chicago Studies on the Middle East (Chicago: Middle East Documentation Center, 2010) in International Journal of Middle East Studies 44 (2011): 168-170.

Review of Ali Anooshahr, The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A comparative study of the late medieval and early modern periods, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History (London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2009) in International Journal of Middle East Studies 42:3 (2010).

Review of Reuven Amitai, The Mongols in the Islamic Lands: Studies in the History of the Ilkhanate (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum, 2007), in Mongolian Studies (2009).

Review of Subhi ‘Abd al-Mun‘im, Al-Mughul wa al-Mamalik: al-Siyasah wa al-Sira‘, in Mamluk Studies Review 11 no. 1 (2007): 221-22.

Review of The Mamluks in Egyptian Politics and Society, ed. Michael Winter and Amalia Levanoni, in al-Masaq 18 2 (2006): 207-09.

Review of The Historiography of Islamic Egypt (c. 950-1800), ed. Hugh Kennedy, in Mamluk Studies Review 8 (2004): 323-26.

Review of Fayid Hammad ‘Ashur, al-‘Alaqat al-Siyasiyah bayna al-Mamalik wa-al-Mughul fi al-Dawlah al-Mamlukiyah al-Ula, in Mamluk Studies Review 2 (1998): 198-202.

Review of P. M. Holt, Early Mamluk Diplomacy (1260-1290): Treaties of Baybars and Qalawun with Christian Rulers, in Mamluk Studies Review 1 (1997): 150-151.

Review of Hayyat Nasir al-Hajji, Al-Sultah wa al-Mujtama‘ fi Saltanat al-Mamalik: Fatrat Hukm al-Salatin al-Mamalik al-Bahriyah min sanat 661h/1262m ila sanat 784h/1382m, in Mamluk Studies Review 5 (2000): 197-199.