French Historian Rereads the Sustained Legacy of Genghis Khan

History Researcher at University of Oxford Marie Favereau reviewed on June 1, 2016  her newly launched book on the legacy of Genghis Khan to the Mogul Empire after his death. The book review was discussed in a lecture organized by the Department of History and Archeology at Birzeit University.

Using historical books, carvings, images, manuscripts and other archived documents, Favereau told in her book “La Horde d’Or. Les héritiers de Gengis Khan” Khan’s cultural and architectural accomplishments within the Mogul Empire. She also pointed to his prosperous external relations with the Italian cities and the Mamluk State which was reflected by their active economic interdependence and trade relations.

Faverau said that the rise of Genghis Khan was divine, assuring that he established the largest land empire in history. She alluded to the golden legacy of Genghis Khan which lasted for many years after his death.

The lecture was held in coordination with the French Consulate, the French Institute for the Near East and the French Institute in Jerusalem and Ramallah

Marie Favereau obtained her Ph.D. in History from the University of La Sorbonne-Paris IV and the Università degli Studi di San Marino. She was a member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology and a Fulbright visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study. She is currently research associate at the University of Oxford and member of the major research project: Nomadic Empires: A World-Historical Perspective.