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Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century / Edition 1
     

Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century / Edition 1

by R. Foltz
 

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ISBN-10: 0312233388

ISBN-13: 9780312233389

Pub. Date: 10/19/1999

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312233389
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
10/19/1999
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

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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