When Asia Was the World

When Asia Was the World

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by Stewart Gordon
     
 

While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia’s vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce,

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While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia’s vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia’s many travelers-the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815560
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/03/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Monasteries and Monarchs: Xuanzang, 618-632 CE     1
Caliph and Caravan: Ibn Fadlan, 921-922 CE     21
Philosopher and Physician: Ibn Sina, 1002-1021 CE     39
Ingots and Artifacts: The Intan Shipwreck, circa 1000 CE     57
Pepper and Partnerships: Abraham bin Yiju, 1120-1160 CE     75
Nobles and Notables: Ibn Battuta, 1325-1356 CE     97
Treasure and Treaty: Ma Huan, 1413-1431 CE     117
Blood and Salt: Babur, 1494-1526 CE     137
Medicines and Misunderstandings: Tome Pires, 1511-1521 CE     157
The Asian World: 500-1500 CE     177
Notes     193
Suggested Reading     215
Index     223

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