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Title:
Religions of the Silk Road : overland trade and cultural exchange from antiquity to the fifteenth century
Author:
Foltz, Richard C., 1961-
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 186 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312214081
Format :
Book

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Central Library BL1050 .F65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Foltz, who holds a PhD in history from Harvard and has taught at Brown, Columbia, and Gettysburgh College, 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. In telling how Hebraic and Iranian religious ideas and practices traveled eastward (to be followed later by the great missionary traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam), he reveals how the silk Road was a formative and transformative rite of passage.


Author Notes

Richard C. Foltz holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and has taught at Brown, Columbia, and Gettysburg College.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chinese Transliterationsp. ix
Mapsp. x
1. The Silk Road and Its Travelersp. 1
2. Religion and Trade in Ancient Eurasiap. 23
3. Buddhism and the Silk Roadp. 37
4. A Refuge of Heretics: Nestorians and Manichaeans on the Silk Roadp. 61
5. The Islamization of the Silk Roadp. 89
6. Ecumenical Mischiefp. 111
7. A Melting Pot No Morep. 135
Notesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 179

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