Islam and Tibet: Interactions Along the Musk Routes

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Anna Akasoy, Charles S. F. Burnett, Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - History - 391 pages
The first encounters between the Islamic world and Tibet took place in the course of the expansion of the Abbasid Empire in the eighth century. Military and political contacts went along with an increasing interest in the other side. Cultural exchanges and the transmission of knowledge were facilitated by a trading network, with musk constituting one of the main trading goods from the Himalayas, largely through India. From the thirteenth century onwards, the spread of the Mongol Empire from the Western borders of Europe through Central Asia to China facilitated further exchanges. The significance of these interactions has been long ignored in scholarship. This volume represents a major contribution to the subject, bringing together new studies by an interdisciplinary group of international scholars. They explore for the first time the multi-layered contacts between the Islamic world, Central Asia and the Himalayas from the eighth century until the present day in a variety of fields, including geography, cartography, art history, history of science and education, literature, hagiography, archaeology, and anthropology.

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Very precise book covering a portion of the trade along the Silk Route not often covered. My only quibble with the full book version is that a vast amount of the information that was in Anna's Doctoral dissertation got left out of the book. As this was the main reason that I spent such a large amount for the book, I felt short changed, however, I realize that others may not find the perfume pot competitions and the ambergris preparation to be of as much value as I did, just be aware that this is not an embellished print version of "The Musk Trade".  


A Survey of Arabic
The Bactrian Background of the Barmakids
Iran to Tibet
Tibetan Musk and Medieval Arab Perfumery
The Sarvastivadin Buddhist Scholastic Method in Medieval Islam
Notes on the Religions in the Mongol Empire
Tibetans Mongols and the Fusion of Eurasian Cultures
Three RockCut Cave Sites in Iran and their Ilkhanid Buddhist
Princess Exchanges in Baltistan
The Discovery of the Muslims of Tibet by the First Portuguese
About the Conversion to Islam
Trader Middleman or Spy? The Dilemmas of a Kashmiri Muslim
Do All the Muslims of Tibet Belong to the Hui Nationality?
Greater Ladakh and the Mobilization of Tradition in the Contemporary
Index of Proper Names

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Anna Akasoy is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK; Charles Burnett is Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and is a Fellow of the British Academy, UK; Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim is a Wellcome Trust University Award holder at the History Department, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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