Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God

How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

Book - 2016
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"Reveals how Genghis Khan harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known. By the New York Times best-selling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, c[2016]
ISBN: 9780735221154
0735221154
9780735221161
Branch Call Number: 323.4409 WEATHERFORD
Characteristics: xxiii, 407 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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richardmor
May 30, 2018

We often judge the past through the prism of modern mores. I found this account of Genghis Khan fascinating. Jack Weatherford brings Temujin's life alive. He documents his conclusions well (that's not to agree that they are 100% correct) and makes me believe Temujin was not only an intelligent person but a wise one. There is much to be admired in how he conducted his life, how he inspired those around him and how he created a solid foundation for his people to do well. I also enjoyed hearing from the women in Temujin's life. They also seemed especially wise and he learned much from them. I don't doubt that conduct then would be abhorred by many now, but I can see those being defeated, who were the ones telling the tales, would have painted a pretty ugly picture. Western culture has longed believed Genghis Khan to be a barbarian, but this book shows us a much different character - one we can learn much from.

For me, I found the constant thread of Temujin's belief in "God" a revealing aspect. Today, we have many religions espousing black & white dogma. It seems no different from what Genghis Khan encountered. Weatherford tells us that he seemed to waiver little from his early belief of God being an all-encompassing force that was not and should not be bottled into human form or lessened by being only what one Prophet says He is. I can relate to that belief.

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Candaceb108
Mar 02, 2017

With a due respect to StarGladiator, it doesn't sound like you read the book. During Genghis Khan's life those things did not occur. It was after his death and competition for the empire between his sons and grandsons that those things occurred. In fact Genghis Khan's wives were queens in their own right, with courts, and lands and subjects. In his absence they were the administrators of his empire.

Anyway, If you are interested in this area of history, this is a wonderful book. It seems we humans who think we are the top of the food chain, still cannot allow each other freedom of belief.

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