Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road by Johan Elverskog

By Johan Elverskog

In the modern international the assembly of Buddhism and Islam is quite often imagined as considered one of violent war of words. certainly, the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 appeared not just to reenact the notorious Muslim destruction of Nalanda monastery within the 13th century but in addition to reaffirm the stereotypes of Buddhism as a relaxed, rational philosophy and Islam as an inherently violent and irrational faith. but when Buddhist-Muslim heritage used to be easily repeated circumstances of Muslim militants attacking representations of the Buddha, how had the Bamiyan Buddha statues survived 13 hundred years of Muslim rule?

Buddhism and Islam at the Silk Road demonstrates that the heritage of Buddhist-Muslim interplay is far richer and extra advanced than many think. This groundbreaking ebook covers internal Asia from the 8th century in the course of the Mongol empire and to the tip of the Qing dynasty within the overdue 19th century. by way of exploring the conferences among Buddhists and Muslims alongside the Silk highway from Iran to China over greater than a millennium, Johan Elverskog finds that this lengthy come upon used to be truly certainly one of profound cross-cultural trade during which spiritual traditions weren't purely enriched yet reworked in lots of ways.

Show description

By Johan Elverskog

In the modern international the assembly of Buddhism and Islam is quite often imagined as considered one of violent war of words. certainly, the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 appeared not just to reenact the notorious Muslim destruction of Nalanda monastery within the 13th century but in addition to reaffirm the stereotypes of Buddhism as a relaxed, rational philosophy and Islam as an inherently violent and irrational faith. but when Buddhist-Muslim heritage used to be easily repeated circumstances of Muslim militants attacking representations of the Buddha, how had the Bamiyan Buddha statues survived 13 hundred years of Muslim rule?

Buddhism and Islam at the Silk Road demonstrates that the heritage of Buddhist-Muslim interplay is far richer and extra advanced than many think. This groundbreaking ebook covers internal Asia from the 8th century in the course of the Mongol empire and to the tip of the Qing dynasty within the overdue 19th century. by way of exploring the conferences among Buddhists and Muslims alongside the Silk highway from Iran to China over greater than a millennium, Johan Elverskog finds that this lengthy come upon used to be truly certainly one of profound cross-cultural trade during which spiritual traditions weren't purely enriched yet reworked in lots of ways.

Show description

Read Online or Download Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road PDF

Similar buddhism books

Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child

An exhilarating contribution to the transforming into pattern of making use of Buddhist practices to inspire wellbeing and stability psychological future health. Reconciliation makes a speciality of conscious know-how of our feelings and provides concrete practices to revive broken relationships via meditations and workouts to aid recognize and rework the damage that many people can have skilled as kids.

Forest Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand

Through the first half this century the forests of Thailand have been domestic to wandering ascetic priests. They have been Buddhists, yet their model of Buddhism didn't reproduction the practices defined in historical doctrinal texts.

Their Buddhism chanced on expression in residing day by day within the wooded area and in contending with the psychological and actual demanding situations of starvation, ache, worry, and hope. Combining interviews and biographies with an exhaustive wisdom of archival fabrics and a large examining of ephemeral well known literature, Kamala Tiyavanich records the monastic lives of 3 generations of forest-dwelling ascetics and demanding situations the stereotype of state-centric Thai Buddhism.

Although the culture of wandering wooded area ascetics has disappeared, a sufferer of Thailand's relentless modernization and rampant deforestation, the lives of the clergymen offered listed below are a testomony to the wealthy range of nearby Buddhist traditions. The research of those monastic lineages and practices enriches our figuring out of Buddhism in Thailand and somewhere else.

Historia de la filosofía china

Una visión panorámica de los angeles filosofía china desde sus comienzos en el siglo VI a. C. hasta el siglo XX analizando los angeles estrecha relación del pensamiento con las condiciones políticas y sociales de cada época. Esto es Historia de l. a. filosofía china, un cuadro impresionante de las doctrinas del confucianismo, el taoísmo y las escuelas filosóficas budistas.

Additional info for Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road

Example text

They offered to remit a tribute in regular installments and received in return a written treaty from the governor in Iraq. ’ ” 112 48 Chapter One Buddhists and Muslim Rule The common view of Muslim rule is one of violence and persecution. Namely, non-Muslims were either threatened with the sword or else bur­ dened with the loathsome jizya, the poll tax levied on those who did not accept Muhammad’s revelation. While this certainly makes for a powerful story and still fires the imagination from Bosnia to India, as with so much else commonly said about Islam, it is wrong.

142 Or was it simply the difficulties in finding a suitable husband for his daughter? Or did Islam simply make more sense than the Dharma? 143 By putting these questions in terms of an individual one can readily see how difficult such questions are on a personal level; how much more so on an abstract, historical, and civilizational level? Of course, it is on that macro level that historians and scholars of religion often try to provide answers and thereby paint a convincing portrait of what “actually happened” through a logical chain of cause and effect.

Traveling Buddhist merchants could also bring back valuable goods, ideas, and technologies from abroad. The Mauryas, for example, adopted numerous practices from the Achaemenid Empire of Persia. ” 49 Within the Buddhist international^ nexus of trade, empire, and religion there was one region that was to play a pivotal role: northwest India up to the Hindu Kush (which now includes much of Afghanistan and Pakistan) and Central Asia (the area north of the Hindu Kush stretching to the Kazakh steppe and flanked in the west by the Caspian Sea and the Tianshan mountains in the east, which is now largely comprised of the five post­ soviet states of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.12 of 5 – based on 33 votes