Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - Marriage Rules on the Non-Han in Yuan China: Revisiting the Edict of 1340

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Willow, First Floor

Did the Mongols matter? Whether the new world order created by the Mongols changed the individual societies or not remains a question for not only the scholars of who emphasize the “openness” of the Mongols, but for others who are interested in the significance of an overwhelming change that happened such as swift and impactful (or devastating) as the Mongols.


One interesting point that contributes to this discussion in an edict from 1340, and edict that Toghan-Temür (r. 1333-1368) prohibits Jews and Muslims from marrying their own cousins. Previously misunderstood as an edict prohibition levirate, a close cross examination of this edict with the longer version in the Regulation and Statutes of the Zhizheng era (Zhizheng tiaoge) tells us that this edict was a revival of a previous edict that also banned same-surname marriage among the non-Han people in Yuan China. This is a reversal of what Qubilai Khan had proclaimed in the 1270s, where he specifically mentioned that the Han Chinese tradition of banning same-surname marriage will not apply to the non-Han people.This paper continues to examine this edict. Why did the Mongols impose this ban? When did it first happen, and how did it change over time? The answers to these questions will not only enable us to rethink about the Mongols and their so-called openness, but also on how and why a dominant power changes or impacts the life of its diverse subjects.

Wonhee Cho

Academy of Korean Studies, Republic of Korea

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