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Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road

Author: Johan Elverskog
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010.
Series: Encounters with Asia.
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"In the contemporary world the meeting of Buddhism and Islam is most often imagined as one of violent confrontation. Indeed, the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 seemed not only to reenact the infamous Muslim destruction of Nalanda monastery in the thirteenth century but also to reaffirm the stereotypes of Buddhism as a peaceful, rational philosophy and Islam as an inherently violent and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johan Elverskog
ISBN: 9780812242379 0812242378
OCLC Number: 460712172
Description: 340 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction ---
1. Contact ---
2. Understanding ---
3. Idolatry ---
4. Jihad ---
5. Halal ---
Conclusion.
Series Title: Encounters with Asia.
Responsibility: Johan Elverskog.
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This groundbreaking work challenges contemporary stereotypes by revealing how both Buddhist and Muslim religious traditions were shaped by a millennium of cross-cultural exchange along the Silk Road  Read more...

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 "Johan Elverskog is exceedingly well read in the relevant literature, and his book is fascinating and thought-provoking."-TLS Read more...

 
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