The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia: A History of the Struggle for Great Power among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs, and Chinese during the Early Middle Ages

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This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great Tibetan, Turkic, Arab, and Chinese powers for dominance over the Silk Road lands that connected Europe and East Asia. It shows the importance of overland contacts between East and West in the Early Middle Ages and elucidates Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great ...
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This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great Tibetan, Turkic, Arab, and Chinese powers for dominance over the Silk Road lands that connected Europe and East Asia. It shows the importance of overland contacts between East and West in the Early Middle Ages and elucidates Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.This narrative history of the Tibetan Empire in Central Asia from about A.D. 600 to 866 depicts the struggles of the great Tibetan, Turkic, Arab, and Chinese powers for dominance over the Silk Road lands that connected Europe and East Asia. It shows the importance of overland contacts between East and West in the Early Middle Ages and elucidates Tibet's role in the conflict over Central Asia.
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Editorial Reviews

Central Asiatic Journal
[The] author has succeeded in his task, thanks to his sound method of analysis and to his command of the languages of the relevant texts: Tibetan, Chinese, Arab, Turkic. Particularly the thorough and felicitous utilization of the Arab sources is one of the most pleasant features of the book.
— Luciano Petech
International Journal of Middle East Studies
A most impressive work by an excellent scholar.
— Richard N. Frye
Choice
An absorbing and highly original narrative of imperial rivalries that is of particular interest to comparative historians.
Central Asiatic Journal - Luciano Petech
[The] author has succeeded in his task, thanks to his sound method of analysis and to his command of the languages of the relevant texts: Tibetan, Chinese, Arab, Turkic. Particularly the thorough and felicitous utilization of the Arab sources is one of the most pleasant features of the book.
International Journal of Middle East Studies - Richard N. Frye
A most impressive work by an excellent scholar.
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"[The] author has succeeded in his task, thanks to his sound method of analysis and to his command of the languages of the relevant texts: Tibetan, Chinese, Arab, Turkic. Particularly the thorough and felicitous utilization of the Arab sources is one of the most pleasant features of the book."--Luciano Petech, Central Asiatic Journal

"A most impressive work by an excellent scholar."--Richard N. Frye, International Journal of Middle East Studies

"An absorbing and highly original narrative of imperial rivalries that is of particular interest to comparative historians."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691054940
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1987
  • Pages: 292

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription and Translation of Oriental Languages
Note on Chronology
Abbreviations
Prologue: Tibet and Central Asia before the Empire 3
1 Entrance into Central Asia 11
2 The Tibetan Empire in the Western Regions 37
3 The Arabs and Western Turks 55
4 The Turgis Alliance 84
5 T'ang China and the Arabs 108
6 The Late Empire 143
Epilogue: Tibet and Early Medieval Eurasia Today 173
App. A. On the Degree of Tibetan Domination 197
App. B. On the Western Regions in Old Tibetan Sources 203
App. C. On the Royal Clan of the Turks 206
App. D. On the On oq 209
App. E. On Alutar, King of Ferghana 211
Afterword (1993) 213
Table of Rulers 226
Glossary 231
Bibliographical Essay 241
Bibliography 255
Index 269
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