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

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Da Capo Press, Dec 1, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers--the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.--From publisher description.
  

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It was reassuring to see that Xians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists agreed that travel is a necessary part of becoming an educated person. Shira Destinie MEOW Date: Saturday, June 9. 12014 HE (Holocene Era) Read full review

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A series of "Traveler's tales", describing people and cultures and the flourishment of trade in the East during 500 to 1500. Each chapter focuses on a different period of time, a different traveler ... Read full review

Contents

Monasteries and Monarchs Xuanzang 618632 CE
1
Caliph and Caravan Ibn Fadlan 921922 CE
21
Philosopher and Physician Ibn Sina 10021021 CE
39
Ingots and Artifacts The Intan Shipwreck circa 1000 CE
57
Pepper and Partnerships Abraham bin Yiju 11201160 CE
75
Nobles and Notables Ibn Battuta 13251356 CE
97
Treasure and Treaty Ma Huan 14131431 CE
117
Blood and Salt Babur 14941526 CE
137
Medicines and Misunderstandings Tomé Pires 15111521 CE
157
The Asian World 5001500 CE
177
Notes
193
Suggested Reading
215
Index
223
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About the author (2007)

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.

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