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Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
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Between the Black and Caspian Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for the South Caucasus
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Silk Route and Religion   Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 August 2007 )

Religion and Art of the Silk Road Religion and Art of Silk Road
The most significant innovations carried along the Silk Road to China were the belief systems and religious arts of India, Central Asia and the Middle East. Buddhism began its evolution as a religious doctrine in the sixth century BC, and was adopted as India's official religion in the third century BC. When Buddhism, and to a lesser extent Manicheanism and Nestorianism arrived in China, their art and creed revolutionized Chinese culture. Many of the structures housing ancient religious manuscripts, beautiful frescoes and statuary - built from the first century BC to the end of the Tang Dynasty - lay hidden under centuries of sand until their rediscovery at the turn of this century. more...

Silk Road Study Group
Silk Road Study GroupVarious religious beliefs along the Silk Route
During the unstable period after the Han dynasty, China was cut off from India. The Chinese thought that the isolation would prevent them from seeking the truth of Buddhism. And many Buddhists realized that many of their sacred books had been mistranslated from the original Indian texts. This led to serious errors in Buddhist practice. more...

BuddhismBuddhism and Its Spread Along the Silk Road
Besides silk, paper and other goods, the Silk Road carried another commodity which was equally significant in world history. Along with trade and migration, the world's oldest international highway was the vehicle which spread Buddhism through Central Asia. more...

In Search of Buddha Along the Silk Road
Uygur manA 7th Century Chinese monk travels thousands of miles to bring back all the books of Buddhism to China. A modern Chinese woman follows in his footsteps. Writer and TV producer, Sun Shuyun grew up in Communist China, but an opportunity to study in the West acquainted her with China's most important Buddhist monk. Xuanzang (Hsuan-tsang) travelled to India in search of Buddhist teachings in the 7th century. Sun Shuyun retraces his 10,000 mile journey along the ancient Silk Road from China through Central Asia and discovers her own emotional connection to the Buddhist legacy. more...

Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century
Richard C. FoltzReligions of the silk road
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 goods along the overland Asian trade routes in pre-modern times. As early as three thousand years ago Hebraic and Iranian religious ideas and practices traveled eastwards in this way, to be followed centuries later by the great missionary traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam. But the Silk Road was more than just a conduit along which these religions hitched rides East; it was a formative and transformative rite of passage, and no religion emerged unchanged at the end of the journey. more...

Monks and Merchants
The Silk Road was the first transcontinental highway of the ancient world, a vast network of routes that connected China with western Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Indian subcontinent. Along this network traveled adventurers, traders, emissaries, monks, and pilgrims, bringing luxury goods and new ideas and religions to the diverse communities it linked. more... Traditional religions

Silk and Religion: An Exploration of Material Life and the Thought of People, AD 600-1200 (Oxford India Paperbacks)
by Xinru Liu
This book deals with the silk trade in Eurasia between the seventh and twelfth centuries and explores how religious ideas and institutions affected economic behavior. more...

Traditional religion in Central Asia
The subject here is traditional religion in Central Asia; we begin with what has been termed "dispersed shamanism." This set of pre-Islamic traditional religious beliefs and practices has lasted into modern times, at the same time that many of its practitioners have adopted one or another of the "religions of the book": in the case of the Mongols--Buddhism; and in the case of many of the related Turkic peoples of Central Asia-- Islam. As will become evident, there is a syncretism between pre-Islamic religious tradition and Islamic norms, a fact which explains some of the distinctive features of Central Asian Islamic practice. more...