Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

by Jack Weatherford


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735221178
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 292,454
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jack Weatherford is The New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, and The History of Money, among other acclaimed books. A specialist in tribal peoples, he was for many years a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College in Minnesota and divides his time between the United States and Mongolia.

Table of Contents


Asia in 1206 ix

The Mongol Nation in 1206 xi

Mongol Conquests at the Death of Genghis Khan in 1227 and in 1260 xii

Preface: Genghis Khan, Thomas Jefferson, and God xv

Introduction: The Anger of the Gods 1

I Becoming Temujin 15

1 The Teeth That Eat Men 17

2 The Golden Whip of Heaven 34

3 Wisdom of the Steppe 47

4 Conflicting Selves 62

II Becoming Genghis Khan 79

5 Messenger of Light 81

6 Jesus of the Steppe 102

7 The Making of the Mongol Nation 117

8 Guardians of the Flame 133

III Becoming the World Conqueror 149

9 Two Wings of One Bird 151

10 God's Omnipotence 173

11 The Thumb of Fate 207

12 Wild Man from the Mountain 223

13 The Confucian and the Unicorn 245

IV Becoming a God 261

14 The Last Campaign 263

15 War, Inside and Out 278

16 Burning the Books 300

17 Life After Death 325

18 The Unfulfilled Law 331

Epilogue: The Thunderbolt of God 350

A Note on Sources and Further Reading 357

Notes 363

Bibliography 393

Index 398

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