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Editor says, what if the Mongols had won the Battle of Ain Jalut? (this battle is considered by many historians to be of great macro-historical importance, as it marked the highwater point of Mongol conquests, and the first time they had ever been decisively defeated in direct combat. After previous defeats, the Mongols had always returned and avenged the loss, but after the Battle of Ain Jalut they were unable to do so). Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
This article is part of the Generals thread.
In 1260,on this day the Mongol Ilkhanate leader Hulagu Khan decisively defeated the Mamluk Sultanate at the Battle of Ain Jalut in eastern Galilee, in the Jezreel Valley.
Mongolian victory at the Battle of Ain Jalut The Mongol ambition had been limited to the goal of consolidating the occupation of Persia, Syria and Galilee. However the spectacular nature of the victory opened the way to a Mongol advance into Egypt.
The slaughtering of the inhabitants of Baghdad and Cairo signalled the collapse of the Mamluk State. And yet the twin cities of Mecca and Medina were spared the same fate by a treaty that respected the character of the Holy Sites being an equal part of the Mongol Muslim's heritage.