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Religions of the Silk Road : Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century - Richard Foltz

Religions of the Silk Road

Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century

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Ever since the label was coined in the late 19th century, the idea of the Silk Road has captivated the Western imagination with images of fabled cities and exotic peoples. "Religions of the Silk Road" looks behind the romantic notions of the colonial era and tells the story of how cultural traditions, especially in the form of religious ideas, accompanied merchants and their goods along the overland Asian trade routes in pre-modern times. As early as three thousand years ago Hebraic and Iranian religious ideas and practices traveled eastwards in this way, to be followed centuries later by the great missionary traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam. But the Silk Road was more than just a conduit along which these religions hitched rides East; it was a formative and transformative rite of passage, and no religion emerged unchanged at the end of the journey.

" . . . an absolute gem . . . well researched and well written, it brings together a huge amount of information in an attractive package." -- Jerry H. Bentley, Editor, "Journal of World History"
" Foltz takes us on an instructive journey through time and space, revealing the fluidity of barriers, geographical and otherwise, on the historical trail and bypaths of the 'Silk Road, ' which stretches from China in the East and across Central Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean in the West." -- "History: Reviews of New Books"

The Silk Road and Its Travelers
Religion and Trade in Ancient Eurasia
Buddhism and the Silk Road
A Refuge of Heretics: Nestorians and Manichaeans on the Silk Road
The Islamization of the Silk Road
Ecumenical Mischief
A Melting Pot No More
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ISBN: 9780312233389
ISBN-10: 0312233388
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 19th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1