9780306817397

When Asia Was the World : Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the Riches of the East

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306817397

  • ISBN10:

    030681739X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/12/2009
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Summary

While European civilization stagnated in the "Dark Ages," Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500a time when Asia was the worldby relating the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers.

Author Biography

Stewart Gordon is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, and author of three books on Asia. He lives in Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

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