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The Silk Road: Crossroads and Encounters of Faith

The Silk Road evokes images of places and peoples linked by the exchange of exotic goods and fabled treasures. This limited notion of commerce, however, overshadows the fact that the Silk Road as a network of trade routes also spread religious ideas and beliefs.

Communities of faith interacted, co-existed, competed, and influenced each other over long periods of time. These include local traditions that evolved in ancient China, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Korea and Japan, and the subsequent larger traditions that arose in the region &emdash; Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam &emdash; as well as the shamanistic and animistic ...

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