Michal Biran (PhD HUJI 2000) is the Max and Sophie Mydans Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), a member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, and, from October 2021, head of the Institute of Asian and African Study at HUJI. She is a historian of Inner Asia, imperial China, and the medieval Islamic world who has published extensively on the Mongol Empire, Mongol and pre-Mongol Central Asia (especially the Qara Khitai and the Chaghadaids), as well as on cross-cultural contacts between China, nomadic empires, and the Muslim world, comparative studies of empires, nomadic culture, migrations and mobility, and Ilkhanid Baghdad. Author or editor of twelve books and volumes and dozens of articles, together with Hodong Kim she has recently completed editing The Cambridge History of the Mongol Empire (2 vols. forthcoming 2022). At the MPIWG she is a visiting scholar of the research group of “Ability and Authority” working on a project of Yuan diplomatic corpus in comparative perspective.
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