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Religion and Politics on China's Silk Road: Muslims between Baghdad and Beijing

Religions of the Silk Road Lecture by Dru Gladney, Pomona College

Monday, January 9, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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UCLA Program on Central Asia

Religions of the Silk Road  Lecture Series

 Religions of the Silk Road: Transformation and Transmission in the Heart of Asia, is a lecture series co-sponsored by the UCLA Central Asia Initiative and the Center for the Study of Religion

Before the rise of the maritime empires of Europe, the ancient trade routes of Central Asia served as one the world’s most vital thoroughfares of religious traffic. From the goddesses of prehistoric Eurasia through the Iranian religions of Zoroaster and Mani, to the Buddhism transferred from India and the Judaism, Christianity and eventually Islam carried in from the Mediterranean west, almost all of the major religions of Asia were imported into the oasis towns that lined the route between Persia and China. Yet if the monks, books and relics who moved along the ‘silk road’ point to a history of religious transmission both into and through Central Asia, important questions remain about what happened to these religious forms in their long periods in transit. Placing the question of transformation alongside that of transmission, the current series of talks excavates the neglected history of Central Asia’s own contributions to the religions of the old world.



Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, Asia Pacific Center, Center for the Study of Religion