1. Michal Biran, "China, Nomads and Islam: The Qara Khitai Dynasty (1124-1218)" under the supervision of Profs. Michael Zand (HU) and Elizabeth Endicott (Middlebury College, VT, USA). Awarded November 2000, with distinction.
Chapters in Collections
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran. "Introduction." In Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds. Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World. 13pp, 2005, E. J. Brill, Leiden.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Michal Biran. “The Chaghadaids and Islam: The Conversion of Tarmashirin Khan (1331-34)," in A. Layish, ed. Conversion, Sufism, Revival and Reform in Islam: Essays in Memory of Nehemiya Levzion. Jerusalem: The Van-Leer Institution and Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012 (Hebrew, extended version of no. 23 below).
15. 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. Leiden: Brill, 2013: 257-283.
16. Michal Biran, 2014. "The Mongol Conquest of Baghdad Revisited: Violence and Restoration according to Contemporaneous Biographical Sources. In Ts. Tserendorj and N. Khishigt, eds. Chinggis Khan and Globalization . Ulaanbaatar: Mongolian Academy of Science, 321-327.
17. 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, 25 pp., 2015, Hawaii University Press, Honolulu.
19. 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. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 534-558.
20. Michal Biran. "Qarakhanid Eastern Trade: Preliminary Notes on the Silk Roads in the 11th-12th Centuries," In Jan Bemmann and M. Schmauder, eds., The Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the first Millennium CE. Empires, Cities, Nomads and Farmers in Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 7. Bonn: Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, 2015, pp. 575-95.
21. Michal Biran. "Music in the Conquest of Baghdad: Safi al-Din Urmawi and the Ilkhanids Circle of Musicians," in Bruno De Nicola, ed. The Mongols in the Middle East (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 133-154.
Articles published in academic journals.
Chinese version: "Chahetai hanguo de waijiao yu qianshi guanli chutan [察合台汗国的外交与遣使惯例初探]," tr. Qiu Yihao, Xiyu yanjiu 2 (2014), pp. 92-115.
33. Michal Biran, 2013b. "The Mongol Empire: The State of the Research", Compass, 11/11: 1021-1033. [The article in its printed version can be found in the Wiley Online Library here].
34. Michal Biran, 2015a. "Unearthing the Liao Dynasty’s Relations with the Muslim World: Migrations, Diplomacy, Commerce and Mutual Perceptions," Journal of Song Yuan Studies 43 (2013 ), 221-251.
35. Michal Biran 2015d. "The Mongol Empire as a Turning Point in the World History: Processes and Results." Igeret Magazine (The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities) 37 (2015), pp. 12-19. (in Hebrew)
38. Michal Biran, 2016b. "The Islamization of Hülegü: Imaginary Conversion in the Ilkhanate." JRAS, Series 3, 26, 1-2 (2016), pp. 79-88. DOI: 10.1017/S1356186315000723.
Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and Shorter Publications:
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. Michal Biran, 2003 . Review of Thomas T. Allsen’s Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 123.2: 446-7.
42. Michal Biran, 2005 . Review of George Lane's Early Mongol Rule in Thirteenth Century Iran: A Persian Renaissance. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, 30: 572-6.
43. Michal Biran, 2006a. "Genghis Khan." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 1: 280-82.
44. Michal Biran, 2006b. "Silk Roads." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 2: 745-9.
45. Michal Biran, 2006c. "Tamerlane." In Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York and London: Routledge), ed. J. W. Meri, 2:796-8.
46. Michal Biran, 2009a. "Jochi," Encyclopedia Iranica, 15: 1-2.
47. Michal Biran, 2009b. "Jovayni, Shams al-Din," Encyclopedia Iranica, 15: 71-74.
49. 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.
51. 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.
52. 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].
54. 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.
59. Michal Biran, 2015e. Review of Lange, Christian and Songül Mecit, eds. The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Mediterranean History Review 30/1:50-53, DOI: 10.1080/09518967.2015.1044824
60. Michal Biran, 2016a. "Karakhanid Khanate," Encyclopedia of Empires.1-2, DOI: 10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe156.
61. Michal Biran, 2016b "Kara Khitan Khanate," Encyclopedia of Empires, 1-2, DOI: 10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe157.
62. Michal Biran, 2016c. "Ilkhanid Empire," Encyclopedia of Empires Online, 1-7, DOI: 10.1002/9781118455074.wbeoe362.
65. Michal Biran. "Tang Foreign Relations," forthcoming-b in Y. Schihor, Y. Pines and G. Shelach, eds. All Under Heaven: A History of Tradional China. Tel Aviv: Open University, Vol. 2, 22 pp.
66. Michal Biran: "From Chinggis Khan to Qubilai Khan: The United Mongol Empire (1206-1260). forthcoming-c in Y. Schihor, Y. Pines and G. Shelach, eds. All Under Heaven: A History of Tradional China. Tel Aviv: Open University, Vol. 3, 28 pp.