Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

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A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World that reveals how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known.

Throughout history the world's greatest conquerors have made their mark not just on the battlefield, but in the societies they have transformed. Genghis Khan conquered by arms and bravery, but he ruled by commerce and religion. He created the world's greatest trading network and drastically lowered taxes for merchants, but he knew that if his empire was going to last, he would need something stronger and more binding than trade. He needed religion. And so, unlike the Christian, Taoist and Muslim conquerors who came before him, he gave his subjects freedom of religion. Genghis lived in the 13th century, but he struggled with many of the same problems we face today: How should one balance religious freedom with the need to reign in fanatics? Can one compel rival religions - driven by deep seated hatred--to live together in peace?

A celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy, Jack Weatherford has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only recently discovered. He pored through archives and found groundbreaking evidence of Genghis's influence on the founding fathers and his essential impact on Thomas Jefferson. Genghis Khan and the Quest for God is a masterpiece of erudition and insight, his most personal and resonant work.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780735221154
Branch Call Number: 323.442 WEATHERFORD
Characteristics: xxiii, 407 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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A great history of Genghis' rise to power. He was one of the first leaders to make religious freedom law, and it's intriguing to examine why he choose to do that centuries before it would become the standard in the West. AL_JOSHUAS

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Nov 15, 2017

A great history of Genghis and his rise to power. Specifically this book examines the role of religions both in Genghis' personal story and throughout his empire. He was one of the first leaders of a large empire that made religious freedom law and its intriguing to try and figure out why he choose to do that centuries before it would become the standard in the West.

Dec 04, 2016

So, no doubt all those women who were raped and pillaged, and all those men who were castrated, took a moment and reflected upon how lucky they were to have freedom to practise whatever religion they wanted to in their remaining time on this planet!
How comforting . . .
[Anyone who has studied modern history realizes that some of the most brutal methods of execution - - especially where women are concerned - - are to be found in Mongolia, a hangover from Genghis Khan's time.]


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