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[Book review] Genghis Khan attacked corrupt religion while conquering the world

[Book review] Genghis Khan attacked corrupt religion while conquering the world

Posted July. 01, 2017 07:21,   

Updated July. 01, 2017 07:53

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[Book review] Genghis Khan attacked corrupt religion while conquering the world
Are Genghis Khan and religion relatable subjects? It may seem unrealistic to match religious spirituality with Genghis Khan who is famous for his cruel conquer-image.

The author of the bestseller "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (2005)," which was released in 20 countries worldwide, is called the dean of Mongolian empire for two decades.

What impressed me while reading his book was that Genghis Khan made an attempt to punish corrupt religious powers wherever he conquered, by referring to himself as the proxy of god.

Meanwhile, Genghis Khan guaranteed freedom of worship on uncorrupted religions. Khan asked priests from various religions for their evening lectures even when he was out of the battle field.

Indeed, the Mongolian army focused their powers to penetrate each religious epicenter to raid glamorous treasures. Still, they went beyond simple raiding, and completely destroyed symbolic icons by mobilizing limited number of military resources. However, the Mongolian constructed infrastructures such as roads and ports, and lowered tax after establishing public order.



Sang-Un Kim sukim@donga.com