Peter Jackson (historian)

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Peter Jackson FBA is a scholar and historian, specializing in the Crusades, particularly the contacts between the Europeans and the Mongols as well as medieval Muslim India. He is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at Keele University and editor of The Cambridge History of Iran: The Timurid and Safavid Periods.[1]

His main research interests are on the relations between the Mongols and the Latin West between 1220 and 1410,[2] and he has written extensively on the topic, exploring the concepts of medieval Europe, the Crusades, medieval Russia and the Mongols, especially the clash of cultures, and the interconnectedness of legends such as that of Prester John.

He was awarded a personal chair in Medieval History, and his 1999 book The Delhi Sultanate was described by a reviewer as "amongst the most distinguished works on the medieval Islamic world in our time,"[citation needed] and was slated for translation into Arabic. Jackson also held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. In 2011 he retired as Professor Emeritus, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012.[citation needed]


  • The Delhi Sultanate: A Political and Military History. Cambridge University Press. 1999. ISBN 9780521543293. 
  • The Mongols and the West, 1221-1410. Longman. 2005. ISBN 0582368960. 
  • The Seventh Crusade, 1244-54: Sources and Documents. Ashgate (Crusade Texts in Translation). 2007. ISBN 9780754657224. 
  • Studies on the Mongol Empire and Early Muslim India. Ashgate (Variorum Collected Studies Series). 2009. ISBN 9780754659884. 

Translator of

  • The Mission of Friar William of Rubruck: His Journey to the Court of the Great Khan Mongke, 1253-1255. (edited with David Morgan) Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society. 1990. ISBN 0-904180-29-8. 


  1. ^ Antti Ruotsala. "Book review of 'The Mongols and the West, 1221–1410' by Peter Jackson". Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Past CLIO events". Cambridge University History Society. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 


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