Dr Michael Hope is a political historian. Currently he is an assistant professor at Yonsei University, Korea.
Assistant Professor of Asian History at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Korea. His research interests include the Mongol Empire, especially the western part of the empire.
Michael Hope’s PhD focused on the end of the 13th century Ghazan Khan, the Mongol ruler of much of the Middle-East, who sought to identify his authority with the Shi’ite concept of imamate. An analysis of the ‘court-histories’ which transmitted this policy provided an insight into how the Ilkhans understood their authority in relation to their subjects. An investigation of the ideological environment in which Ghazan came to power also provided a better understanding of how the political legacy of Chinghiz Qan was interpreted by the Mongols in Iran.