No Caliph for 3 years: when the Mongols sacked Abbasid Baghdad

In 1258, the Mongol Ilkhanate invaded the Caliphate and ransacked the capital for 13 days, an event which we now remember as the Siege of Baghdad. They murdered the Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta’sim while imprisoning members of the Abbasid ruling family. The Mongols didn’t stop there, continuing west to Egypt and Syria. Under these conditions, the Caliphate was under siege and in a state of emergency.The … Continue reading No Caliph for 3 years: when the Mongols sacked Abbasid Baghdad