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Prof. Michal Biran

 

Ph.D (2000) - The Hebrew University



Room 6422
Office hours: 1015-11-15


Tel. 5883741

 

Research Interests:

 

Inner Asian history; cross-cultural contacts between China, the Muslim world and Europe; the Mongol empire and its legacy; Khitans and Qara Khitai; history of  traditional China; history of the medieval Middle East; world history; mobility; migrations;  nomadism; conversion; ethnicity and identity; collective memory; military history; historiography.

 

 

Research Projects:

 
  1. Mobility, Empire and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia (funded by ERC)
    Link to Project's websiteProject Description
  2. Central Asia under Mongol Rule: Rulers, Subjects and Emigrants of the Chaghadaid Khanate (1220-1405) (funded by ISF)
    Project Description
  3. The Mongol Conquest of Baghdad Revisited: 1258-2008

    Part a: A Social History of Ilkhanid Baghdad (1250-1350).

  4. The Neglected Silk Roads:  Cross-Cultural Contacts in the 10th-12th centuries.

Languages


English, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Russian, French, German, Hebrew

 

Education

 

  • 2000 - Ph.D: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation entitled “China, Nomads and Islam: The Qara Khitai (Western Liao) Dynasty (1124-1218)”. Awarded Summa Cum Laude.
  • 1993M.A.: Inner Asian Studies under Individual Studies for M.A. program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
  • 1989B.A.: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department, East Asian Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated Summa Cum Laude. 
  • 1995-96 Special student affiliated to the committee of Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard University.
  • 1991-92 Non-degree studies in Shandong University , PRC.
  • Summer 1993 - Russian Language course in Moscow University, Russia.
  • Summer 1990 - Classical Chinese course in Middlebury College's Chinese Summer School, Vermont, USA.

 

Positions held

 

  • 2014 - Professor, Dept. of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Dept. of Asian Studies

  • 2006-2014 - Associate Professor, Dept. of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Dept. of Asian Studies
  • 2002-2006 - Lecturer, Dept. of Middle Eastern  and Islamic Studies, Dept. Of East-Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities; Inner Asian history
  • 2005 - Associate Professor, Dept. of East Asian Studies and Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    2002-2005 - Lecturer, Dept. of East Asian Studies and Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 2001-02 -  Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, USA.
  • 2000-01 -  Dr-Instructor, Dept. of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Dept. Of East-Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 2-8/2000 - Fellow and group Co-organizer, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1998-2000, 1996-8; 1992-5 - Instructor (a-c), Dept. of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Dept. Of East-Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Awards and Fellowships

 

  • 2014 - Fellow, The Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities
  • 2014 - The Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science 
  • 2012- The Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2012 -ERC Starting Grant 312397 :"Mobility Empire and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia" (2013-2017) 

  • 2012 - ISF grant 602/12 for the project; "Central Asia under Mongol Rule: Rulers, Subjects and Emigrants of the Chaghdaid Khanate."

  • 2007 - The Landau Prize for Research and Sciences (history of East Asia and its cultures)

  • 2006-9 - The Michael Bruno Prize, Rothschild Foundation (Middle Eastern Studies) {frozen 2007-2011 for personal reasons}
  • 2006 - ISF grant for workshop at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Hebrew University: Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change.
  • 2004-5 - The Yoram Ben-Porat Presidential Prize for Excelling Young Researcher, The Hebrew University of Jerusalen.
  • 2004-7 - Grant no. 818\03 of the Israel Academy of Sciences, for the project: "The Steppe People after the Mongol Conquests: Changes of Ethnicity and Identity: The Khitan Case."
  • 2003/4-2006 - Alon fellowship for new lecturers, Council for Higher Education in Israel
  • 2002-3 - Golda Meir Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2001-2 - Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.
  • 2001-2 - Fulbright grant for Post-doc studies.
  • 2001 - Kennedy-Leigh Prize for Ph.D dissertation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2-8/2000 - Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Co-organizer of a Research Group entitled “The Interaction of Nomadic Rulers with Sedentary Peoples: Turco-Mongolian Nomads in China and in the Middle East (1000-1500AD)”.
  • 1996-98, 1994-95 The Rotenstreich's scholarship for writing a Ph.d dissertation, Council for Higher Education in Israel
  • 1995-96 Rothschild fellowship
  • 1995-96 Fulbright grant for graduate student
  • 1994 A Rothschild Foundation's grant for translating and editing a manuscript for publication.
  • 1993 Scholarship for Russian language summer course in Moscow University, Russian Studies Department.
  • 1993 The Wolf Foundation's Scholarship for M.A. studies, Faculty of Humanities.
  • 1991-92 Scholarship for one-year studies in the PRC, Israel Academy of Science and Humanities and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 1991 The Rector's Award for M.A. student, Hebrew University
  • 1990 Scholarship for participation in Middlebury College's Chinese summer-school, East Asian Studies department.
  • 1990 The East-Asian department's award for excelling M.A. student.
  • 1990 The Wolf Foundation's scholarship for M.A. studies, Faculty of Humanities.
  • 1989-91 Two-years excellence scholarship for M.A. studies, Faculty of Humanities.
  • 1989 The Dean's award, Faculty of Humanities
  • 1988 The Dora Shikman's award for excellence in Chinese Studies, East-Asian Department.
  • 1987 The Rector's award for B.A. student, Hebrew University

 

List of Publications

 

 

  •  

    Books

Qaidu

Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon press, 1997.



Reviews in
  • Times Literary Supplement, 22.1.99;
  • Mongolian Studies, XXI (1998), 87-89;
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 62/3 (1999), 589-90;
  • Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies, 29 (1999), 202-214;
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies, 32/2 (May 2000), 284-287;
  • Journal of the American Oriental Society, 120/1 (2000), 139-40;
  • Bulletin critique des annales islamiques, no. 6, 2000, 94-95

Khanbook

Chinggis KhanMichal Biran. x+182pp, One World Publications, Oxford, 2007 (in the series "The Makers of the Muslim World).
  • Books Edited

mongolturks

Edited, With Reuven Amitai. Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the World. Leiden: Brill, 2005



 
Reviews in
Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change: The Mongols and Their Eurasian Predecessors
Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran. Nomads as Agents  of Cultural Change: The Mongols and Their Eurasian Predecessors.  2015.  X+338 pp, Hawaii University Press ("New Perspectives on the Global Past" series), Honolulu.

Articles in Collections


  • Michal Biran, "The Mongols and Nomadic Identity: The Case of  the Kitans of China." In  Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Eurasian Nomads as Agents  of Cultural Change. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2015, 152-181.
  • Michal Biran, "Introduction: Nomadic Culture." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Eurasian Nomads as Agents  of Cultural Change. Honolulu, Hawaii University Press, 2015, 1-9.
  • Michal Biran, "Introduction: Nomadic Culture." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Eurasian Nomads as Agents  of Cultural Change. Honolulu, Hawaii University Press, 2015, 1-9.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-c. "Qarakhanid Eastern Trade: Preliminary Notes on the Silk Roads in the 11th-12th centuries,"  in Jan Bemmann, ed.  Empires, Cities, Nomads, Farmers. Forthcoming in Bonn Contribution to Asian Archaeology , 2014, 34 pp.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-d. "Violence and Non-Violent Means in the Mongol Conquest of Baghdad," in Robert Gleave, ed. Violence in Islamic  Thought ,vol.2,EdinburghUniversityPress.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-d. "Violence and Non-Violent Means in the Mongol Conquest of Baghdad," in Robert Gleave, ed. Violence in Islamic Thought , vol. 2, Edinburgh University Press.


  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-d. "Violence and Non-Violent Means in the Mongol Conquest of Baghdad," in Robert Gleave, ed. Violence in Islamic Thought , vol. 2, Edinburgh University Press.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-f. "Scholarship and Science under the Qara Khitai (1124-1218), in D. O. Morgan and S. Edwards, eds. The Idea of Iran: From the Seljuqs to the Mongols. London: Tauris, forthcoming.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-g. "The Non-Han Dynasties," in M. Szonyi, ed. The Blackwell Companion of Chinese History.  Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming

 

Articles in Collections

  • Michal Biran. "Qarakhanid Eastern Trade: Preliminary Notes on the Silk Roads in the 11th-12th centuries,"  in Jan Bemmann, ed.  Empires, Cities, Nomads, Farmers. Forthcoming in Bonn Contribution to Asian Archaeology , 2014.
  • Michal Biran.  "Music in the Conquest of Baghdad: Safi al-Din Urmawi and the Ilkhanids Circle of Musicians," in  Bruno DeNicola, ed. The Mongols in the Iddle Easst. Forthcoming in Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • Michal Biran. "Central Asia from the Conquest of Chinggis Khan to the Rise of Tamerlane: The Ögodeied and Chaghadaid Realms." In Peter  B. Golden, Nicola Di Cosmo and Allan Frank, eds.  The Cambridge History of Inner Asia vol. 2: The Chinggisid Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009: 46-66.
  • Michal Biran. "Between China and Islam: The Administration of the Qara Khitai Empire." In David Sneath, editor. Imperial Statecrafts: Political Forms and Techniques of Governance in Inner Asia C6th- C20th. 25pp. Western Washington University Press. 
  • Michal Biran. "Ilak-khanids (or Qarakhanids)." In  Encyclopedia Iranica, vol. XII, 621-28. 8pp. 2005,  Columbia University Press, New York.
  • Michal Biran. ”True To Their Ways: Why the Qara Khitai did not Convert to Islam," In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds.  Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World.  25pp, 2005, E. J. Brill, Leiden.
  • Michal Biran. “The Battle of Herat (1270): A Case of Inter-Mongol Warfare.” In Nicola Di Cosmo, ed. Warfare in Inner Asia. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002: 175-220.
  • Michal Biran, "The Mongol Transformation: From the Steppe to Eurasian Empire." In Johan P. Arnason and Björn Wittrock, eds. Eurasian Transformations Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries: Crystallizations, Divergences, Renaissances.  23pp. 2004, E. J. Brill, Leiden and Boston.
  • Michal Biran. ”True To Their Ways: Why the Qara Khitai did not Convert to Islam," In Reuven Amitai and
  • Michal Biran, eds. Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World.   Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005: 175-169.
  • Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran. "Introduction." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005, 1-13.
  • Michal Biran. "Ilak-khanids (or Qarakhanids)." In Encyclopedia Iranica, vol. XII, 621-28. 8pp. 2005, Columbia University Press, New York.  
  • Michal Biran. "Between China and Islam: The Administration of the Qara Khitai Empire." In David Sneath, ed. Imperial Statecrafts: Political Forms and Techniques of Governance in Inner Asia C6th- C20th. Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University Press, 2006: 63-84.
  • Michal Biran. "Central Asia from the Conquest of Chinggis Khan to the Rise of Tamerlane: The Ögodeied and Chaghadaid Realms." In Peter B. Golden, Nicola Di Cosmo and Allan Frank, eds.  The Cambridge History of Inner Asia vol. 2: The Chinggisid Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009: 46-66.
  • Michal Biran. "The Mongols and Nomadic Identity: The Case of the Khitans of China." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change. Forthcoming in Hawaii University Press. 25pp.
  • Michal Biran. "Introduction: Nomadic Culture." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change. Forthcoming in Hawaii University Press. 15pp.
  • Michal Biran. "Rulers and City Life in Mongol Central Asia (1220-1370)." In David Durand-Guedy, ed. Turko-Mongol Rulers, Cities and City-life in Iran and the Neighboring Countries. Forthcoming in Leiden: Brill.35pp.
  • Michal Biran. "The Mongols and the Inter-Civilizational Exchange. " In Benjamin Z. Kedar and Merry Wiesner-Hanks , eds. The Cambridge History of the World: Vol. 5 Forthcoming in Cambridge University Press. 28 +12 pp.

 

Articles in Journals

 

 



  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-i. "Mental Maps of Mongol Central Asia As Seen from the Mamluk Sultanate, " Journal of Asian Studies, 2015.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-j. "The Islamization of Hulegu: Imaginary Conversion in the Ilkhanate," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2015.

     Hebrew Publications (Articles and Chapters):

Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and Shorter Publications::

 

  • Michal Biran, 2000. Review of Charles Melville’s The Fall of Amir Chupan and the Decline of the Ilkhanate, 1327-37: A Decade of Discord in Mongol Iran. Iranian Studies, 33/1-2: 245-6.
  • Michal Biran, 2001. "China, Nomads and Islam: The Qara Khitai (Western Liao) Dynasty, 1124-1218: Dissertation Abstract. Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies, 31: 363-5.
  • Michal Biran, 2002.  Review of Matthew S. Gordon’s The Breaking of a Thousand Swords. A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra. International History Review, 24/2: 389-91.
  • Michal Biran, 2003 [2004]. Review of Thomas T. Allsen’s Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 123.2: 446-7.
  • Michal Biran, Review of George Lane's Early Mongol Rule in Thirteenth Century Iran: A Persian Renaissance. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 30 (2005).
  • Michal Biran, 2006a. "Genghis Khan." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 1: 280-82.
  •  Michal Biran, 2006b. "Silk Roads." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 2: 745-9.
  •  Michal Biran, 2006c. "Tamerlane." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 2:796-8.
  • Michal Biran,  2007 [2012]. Review of Linda Komaroff (ed). Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan (Leiden: Brill, 2006), MESA bulletin,  41.2 :204-205.
  •   Michal Biran, 2008. Review of Margaret Meserve, Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought. Itinerario: International Journal on European Expansion and Global interaction. 32: 146-148.
  •   Michal Biran, 2009a. "Jochi," Encyclopedia Iranica,  15: 1-2.
  •  Michal Biran, 2009b. "Jovayni, Shams al-Din," Encyclopedia Iranica, 15:                    71-74.
  •  Michal Biran, 2009c. Review of Istvan Vasary's Cumans and Tatars. Canada Slavonic Papers, 51/2: 352-3. \
  •  Michal Biran, 2009d. Review of Anne F. Broadbridge. Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol World. Journal of Central Eurasian Studies, 1: 111-15.
  • Michal Biran. 2010. Studies on the Mongol Empire from the Perspective        of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (1989-2009). " Perspectives and Research Trends on the Conquest Dynasties in Foreign Scholarship (Seoul),2: 149-64 [Published in Korean].
  •  Michal Biran, 2011. Review of David M. Robinson, Empire’s Twilight:          Northeast Asia under the Mongols. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies,  71/2: 370-77.  
  • Michal Biran, 2013. Review of Timothy May's 'The Mongol Conquests in World History' The Journal of Asian Studies, 72, 465-467. doi:10.1017/S0021911813000260.
  • Michal Biran,  2013. "Transoxania." In Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone et. al. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013, 360-361.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-a "Chapar b. Ḳaydū", Enciclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition.
  • Michal Biran, 2015d. "Baraq, Chaghatayid Khan," Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition, part2-2015, pp.  42-44.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-k, "Chaghatay Khan, son of Chinggis Khan," Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition. 6 pp.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-l, "Chinggisids," Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition. 10 pp.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-m. "Karakhanid Khanate," Encyclopedia of Empires. 5 pp.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-n. "Kara Khitan Khanate," Encyclopedia of Empires, 5 pp.

  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-o. "Mongolian Studies in Israel",  Encyclopedia of World Mongolian Studies, 15pp.


  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-p. "Ilkhanid Empire," Encyclopedia of Empires. 16 pp.
  • Michal Biran, forthcoming-q.  Review of  Lange, Christian and Songül Mecit, eds. The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.  Mediterranean History Review 2015.

Papers Read in Conferences

  

  •  Michal Biran "Sinicization outside of China? - The Case of the Western Liao (Qara Khitai) 1124-1218.” Paper read in the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Asian Studies, Boston, March 1999.
  • Michal Biran. “Conquerors and Conquered in the Army: Auxiliary Forces in Pre-Mongol and Mongol Central Asia.” Paper read at the weekly seminar of the Research Group “The Interaction of Nomadic Rulers with Sedentary People: Turco-Mongolian Nomads in China and the Middle East”, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, May 2000.
  • Michal Biran. “China, Nomads and Islam: Nomad-Sedentary Relations under the Qara Khitai (Western Liao).” Paper read at the conference “Euroasian Nomads and the Outside World,” Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, June 2000.
  • Michal Biran. “China, Nomads and Islam: Multi-Culturalism under the Qara Khitai (Western Liao) 1124-1218.” Paper read at the 7th European Conference of Central Asian Studies, Vienna, September 27-30, 2000.
  • Michal Biran. “The Chaghadaids and Islam: The Conversion of Tarmashirin Khan (1331-1334).” Paper read at the 2nd conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Madison, WI, October 11-14, 2001.
  • Michal Biran. “The Chaghadaid Mongols and Islam: The Conversion of Tarmashirin Khan (1331-1334).” Lecture, the Institute for Advanced Study Islamic Seminar, Princeton NJ, November 28, 2001. 
  • Michal Biran. “Muslims, Mongols and Chinese: The Khitans after the Mongol Conquest.” Lecture, the East Asian Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, February 12, 2002.
  • Michal Biran.“Why did not the Qara Khitai (1124-1218) convert to Islam?” Lecture, the Historical Studies Colloquia, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, March 4, 2002.
  • Michal Biran. “The Mongols in Central Asia and Islam: The Conversion of Tarmashirin Khan,” Paper read at The Mongolia Society 41st Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 4-6, 2002
  • Michal Biran. “China, Nomads and Islam: Nomad-Sedentary Relations under the Qara Khitai.” Invited lecture, the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, May 1st 2002.
  • Michal Biran. “Mongols, Turks and Chinese: The Khitans after the Mongol Conquests.” Paper read at the workshop “The Age of Nomadic Power,” Davis Center, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, July 12-13, 2002.
  • Michal Biran. “Mongols, Muslims or Chinese: Khitan States after the Mongol Conquest.” Paper read at the International Conference of Mongol-Yuan Studies, Nanjing University, PR China, August 12-14, 2002. 
  • Michal Biran. “Mongols, Turks and Chinese: Khitans in China after the Mongol Conquest.” Paper read at the 2nd conference of East Asian Studies in Israel, January 20, 2003. 
  • Michal Biran. “Eurasian Transformations 10th-13th centuries: The Mongol Case.” Paper read at the workshop “Eurasian Transformations 11th –13th centuries: An Ecumenical Renaissance?” Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala June 26-27, 2003.
  • Michal Biran. "From the Accursed to the Revered Father: Chinggis Khan in the Muslim World (13th-14th Centuries)." Paper Read at the 4th annual conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Harvard University, Cambridge MA, October 2-5, 2003.
  • Michal Biran. "From Mongols to Chinese: The Khitans after the Mongol Conquests." Paper read at the International Symposium on Nomadic and Sedentary People in Past and Present,Universities of Halle-Wittenberg and Leipzig, Wittenberg, Germany, November 27 -29 , 2003. 
  • Michal Biran."Chinggis Khan in China: From Barbarian Conqueror to National Hero." Paper read in the 3rd Conference of East Asian Studies in Israel, Haifa, February 1-2 , 2004.
  • Michal Biran. "Between China and Islam: The Administration of the Qara Khitai Empire." Paper read at the " Symposium on Inner Asian Statecrafts and Technologies of Governance, The Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies Unit, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge UK, March 18-19, 2004.
  • Michal Biran. "Turkishness and Islam among the Qara Khitai (12th-16th centuries)." Paper Read at the 2nd International Congress of Turkish Civilizations, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan October 4-7, 2004.
  • Michal Biran. "The Position of the Ruler in Central Asia." In the Roundtable "The Position of the Ruler in Asia" at the 4th annual Israeli Conference for Asian Studies, May 29-30, 2005. 
  • Michal Biran. "Culture and Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Chaghadaid Realm (1220-1370)." Paper read at the 6th annual conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Boston University, MA, USA, September 29- October 2, 2005.
  • Michal Biran. "The Mongols and Nomadic Identity: The Case of the Khitans in China." Paper read at the international research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation, "Eurasian Nomads as Agents of Cultural Change", Jerusalem, Institute for Advanced Studies, HU, June 5-8 2006.
  • Michal Biran. "Mongol Diet: From Mice and Dogs to Gourmet Fusion Cuisine." Paper read at the 5th Conference of East Asian Studies in Israel, Tel Aviv, June 11-12 2006.
  • "Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Chaghadaid Realm (1220-1370)." Paper read at the Second International Conference of Medieval History of the Eurasian Steppe, Jászberény, Hungary, May 24–26, 2007.  
  • "Culture and Cross-Cultural Contacts in the Chaghadaid Khanate (1260-1370)." Paper read at the conference "The Middle Ages Now," Bar Ilan University, March 27, 2008.
  • "The Non-Existant Corpus of the Chaghadaid Khanate." Paper read at the conference Les correspondances diplomatiques dans l’Orient musulman (XIe-XVIIe s.)    Istanbul, April 9-10, 2008.
  • "Intellectuals and the State in Central Asia." In the roundtable: Intellectuals, State and Society in Asia" in the 7th annual Israeli conference for Asian Studies, Jerusalem, May 21-22, 2008.
  • "Migrations, Religious and Ethnic Changes in the Wake of the Mongol Empire." Paper read at the 18th Meeting of World History Association, London, June 25-28, 2008.
  • "Rulers and City Life in Mongol Central Asia." Paper read at the conference: Turco-Mongolian Rulers, Cities and City-life in Iran and the neighboring Countries; Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, Japan September 12-13 2009.
  •  “Chinggis Khan in China and the Muslim World: Between Hero and Anti-Hero.” Paper read at the Joint conference of the Hebrew University and the National University of Mongolia From Mongol Empire to Modern Mongolia, National University of Mongolia,Ulaan Baatar, August 13, 2010.
  • "Khitan Migrations in Inner Asia." Paper read at the international conference "Conquest, Migration and Cultural Exchanges in Central Eurasia," Seoul, 3 December 2010.
  • "The Mongol Empire in World History." In the International Workshop"The Cambridge History of the World Volume 5," Jerusalem, Institute for Advanced Studies, HU, February 6-8, 2011.
  • "Who Counted Kin and How: Warrior Groups, State Regimes and Social Boundaries in Central, East and South Asia, ca. 1200-1850ce,"  Chair and discussant  in Joint Conference of the Association of Asian Studies and             International Convention of Asia Scholars, Honolulu, Hawaii March 31-April 3, 2011.
  • "The Mongol Conquest of Baghdad 1258-2008." Paper read at the 10th Annual Israeli Conference for Asian  Studies, Jerusalem, May 24-26, 2011.
  • "Qarakhanid Eastern Trade: The Silk Roads in the 11th-12th Centuries." Paper read at the international conference The Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millenium AD: Empires, Cities, Nomads, Farmers, Bonn, February 9-11.2012.
  • "Migrations in the Mongol Empire: Types and Some Consequences." Paper read at the Sino-Israeli Workshop: New Perspectives on Pre-Modern Chinese History. Jerusalem March 11-12, 2012.
  • "World Conquest and Imperial Space in the Mongol Empire." Paper read at the nternational workshop Imperial Space: The Organization of Near Eastern Empires from the Second Millenium BC to the Second Millenium AD, Topoi Excellence Center, Berlin, May 3-5, 2012.

  •  "Central Asian Diasporas in Mongol Eurasia: Formation, Interaction and Impact"
    Paper read at the WorldWideAsia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts conference, Leiden, 31/8-1.9.2012.
  • "Violence and Non-Violence in the Mongol Conquest of Baghdad," Paper read at the 3rd LIVIT conference on Legitimate and Ilegitimate Violence in the Islamic World, Exeter, UK, September 3-4, 2012. 
  • "The Mongol Conquest of Baghdad Revisited: Between Violence and Restoration." Paper read at the conference: Chinggis Khan and Globalization: The 850 anniversary of Chinggis Khan's Birthday, Ulaan Baatar,  November 13-15, 2012.
  • "The Fall and Rise of Baghdad under Mongol Rule: Between History and Memory." Paper read at the Winter Academy: Collapse, Jerusalem,  December 9-15, 2012.
     "Scholarship and Science under the Qara Khitai (1124-1218)". Paper read at "The Idea of Iran" Symposium, SOAS, London,  February 9, 2013.
  •  "Music in the Conquest of Baghdad: Safi al-Din Urmawi and the Ilkhanid circle of Musicians". Paper read at the MEISAI conference, TAU, June 6, 2013.

  • Michal Biran. "The Mongol Empire as a Turning Point in World History." Paper read at the Anneliese Maier Research Award Colloquium, Frankfurt, September 25-27, 2013.

  • Michal Biran. "The Scholarly Map of Mongol Central Asia as Seen from the Mamluk Sultanate." Paper read at the conference  Chinese and Asian Geographical and Cartographical Views on Central Asia, Bonn University, January 10-11, 2014.
  • Michal Biran. "Libraries, Books, and Transmission of Knowledge in Ilkhanid Baghdad." Paper read at the conference New Approaches on the Il-Khans  Ulanbataar,  May 21-23, 2014.
  • Michal Biran. “The Eurasian Sphere as Seen from the Mongol Empire: Spatial Concepts at the Heyday of Trans-Cultural Flows.” Paper read at the 12th Israeli Conference of Asian Studies, Haifa, May 25-26, 2014.
  • Michal Biran. "The Mongol Middle Kingdom: New Directions in the Study of the Chaghadaid Khanate,"  Lecture at the International Summer School New Directions in the Study of the Mongol Empire. Jerusalem,  July 1-4, 2014.
  • Michal Biran. "The Shifting Images of Chinggis Khan, 13th-21st Centuries,". Paper given at the Young Mongolists Camp, Kharkhorin, August 17, 2014.
  • Michal Biran, " Commerce and Trade Networks in Mongol Eurasia." Paper read at the 2nd EurasiaTrajeco Conference, Connected Histories—Trading Networks Across the Eurasian Continent: Structures, Practices, and Socio-economic Impact, Paris, November 28-29 2014.
  • Michal Biran. "Mobility and its Impact: The Mongol Empire as a Turning Point in World History," Lecture givenat the New Members' Presentations, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem, December 23, 2014.

  • Michal Biran. "The Mongols Empire as a Turning Point in World History." Paper read in the workshop "New Directions in East Asian Studies,". Seoul, February 2015.

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