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Hulegu Khan: The Mongol Emperor who destroyed Baghdad 1256-1265 AD



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Here you have a beautiful and extremely fine silver dirham from the Mongol Empire, struck during the reign of the most fearful of all, Hulegu Khan هولاكو


Mint: Mardin

Diameter: 23 mm

1256 – 1265 AD

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Hulagu Khan, was a Mongol ruler who lived during the 13th century. He was the grandson of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, and the brother of Kublai Khan, who later established the Yuan Dynasty in China. Hulagu is best known for his role in the destruction of the Abbasid Caliphate and the sack of Baghdad in 1258.

Under the orders of his brother, the Great Khan Möngke, Hulagu led a powerful Mongol army into the heart of the Islamic world. In 1258, after a siege that lasted several weeks, Hulagu’s forces captured Baghdad, which was the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, one of the most significant Islamic empires at the time. The city was brutally sacked, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the destruction of countless cultural and historical treasures.

Hulagu’s conquest of Baghdad marked the end of the Abbasid Caliphate and dealt a severe blow to Islamic civilization. After the fall of Baghdad, Hulagu continued to expand Mongol territories into parts of Syria, Persia, and Anatolia. However, his death in 1265 halted further Mongol advancements in the region, and his descendants eventually established the Ilkhanate, a Mongol state that ruled over Persia and parts of the Middle East for several decades.