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Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century
Ever since the label was coined in the late 19th century, the idea of the Silk Road has captivated the Western imagination with images of fabled cities and exotic peoples. Religions of the Silk Road 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...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published October 1999)
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Richard Foltz has written a very brief, but a very readable, very helpful introduction to a comparative study of the history of trade between Europe and Far-East Asia and the history of religion in Central Asia. In a mere 150 pages, he surveys a thousand years of history and seven religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorian Christianity, Manichaeism, Shamanism, and Islam. Foltz puts forward a plausible theory to account for the relative successes and failures of those religions as ea...more