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Religions of the Silk Road traces the spread of religions and cultures along the trans-Eurasian trade routes over a period of more than two millennia. Indian, Iranian, Semitic, and Mediterranean ideas all followed the same trajectory through Central Asia to China and beyond, picking up additional elements and sometimes being radically transformed along the way. This age-old pattern shows how the transmission of culture and the development of economic networks have always been inextricably linked, laying a precedent for the globalizing trends seen today. Book jacket.
Richard Foltz is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal. He has authored or edited eight books and some seventy journal articles and other scholarly publications, on topics ranging from Animal Rights to Zoroastrianism. His work has appeared in ten languages.
Table of Contents
|The Silk Road and Its Travelers||p. 1|
|Religion and Trade in Ancient Eurasia||p. 23|
|Buddhism and the Silk Road||p. 37|
|A Refuge of Heretics: Nestorians and Manichaeans on the Silk Road||p. 59|
|The Islamization of the Silk Road||p. 85|
|Ecumenical Mischief||p. 105|
|A Melting Pot No More||p. 127|
|Epilogue: The Religion of the Market||p. 137|
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