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This introductory chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book The Mongol Empire between Myth and Reality: Studies in Anthropological History are organized. The book talks about the Mongol empire, taking the Persian Ilkhanate as principal point of reference, as a moment of contact between political ideologies, religions, cultures and languages, and, in terms of reciprocal representations, between the Far East, the Muslim East, and the Latin West. It discusses Genghis Khan's successors and the protection of "Eternal Heaven". The book contains four parts. The first part examines how the Mongol rulers were perceived by the peoples with whom they were in contact. The second part is devoted to the perception of shamanism by Muslim authors. The third part deals with geopolitical questions involving the Ilkhans and the Latin West. The last part takes up the question of the relations between the Ilkhans and the Mamluks.

Keywords: Eternal Heaven; Far East; Genghis Khan; Latin West; Mamluks; Mongol empire; Muslim East; Persian Ilkhanate; shamanism

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