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WCF.M3.L29 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain how the Mongol Empire came into existence, expanded, and was maintained over nearly 200 years.
  • Describe the changing attitudes of Mongol rulers to the various world religions they came in contact with, both inside and outside of the territories they ruled.
  • Explain the sequence of events that led to the Mongol Empire’s downfall and the adoption of various religions by peoples under their rule.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 110-112Lesson 29 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 113-119Rossabi: Khubilai Khan and Religion

  • Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia
  • 399-414Mongols and the Recovery of Asian Christianity
  • 422-436Mongols and the Church in Persia

  • “First Europeans Traveled to Khan’s Court”

  • Alphabet Makers
  •  The Mongolian Alphabet

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 98-99The Mongol Empire 1206- 1405

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 3-6Preface
  • 22-27Diffusion of Civilization: First Phase to 1700 BC
  • 40-41The Plow
  • 239-244The Impact of Turkish and Mongol Conquests 1000-1500
  • 114-119Westward from the Steppes and Eastward from the Steppes

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 682-686#113 Hogan: Distant Thunder

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 112-114Lesson 29 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 96-99Hultkrantz: Nomads of the Steppes

  • Optional
  • Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia
  • 443-462Christianity in Mongol China

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 594-597Mongolia

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 29
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Describe the rise of the Mongol Empire. How were Genghis Khan and his descendants able to conquer, then rule over, such a vast portion of the earth’s surface?

  • How would you characterize the relationship between the Mongols and both kinds of Christians they encountered—Nestorian and Roman Catholic?

  • In what ways did Kublai Khan, Ghazan, Ilkhan of Persia, and Tamerlane set the stage for the present distribution of religions in the Middle East, Central Asia, and China?