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Pilgrims on the Silk Road : a Muslim-Christian encounter in Khiva

Author: Walter R Ratliff
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Wipf & Stock, ©2010.
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They were seeking religious freedom and the Second Coming of Christ in Central Asia. They found themselves in the care of a Muslim king. During the 1880s, Mennonites from Russia made a treacherous journey to the Silk Road kingdom of Khiva. Both Uzbek and Mennonite history seemed to set the stage for ongoing religious and ethnic discord. Yet their story became an example of friendship and cooperation between  Read more...
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Named Person: Claasz Epp
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter R Ratliff
ISBN: 1606081330 9781606081334
OCLC Number: 501976916
Description: xviii, 293 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Russians are coming --
The farmer, the baron, and the bey --
The fall of Khiva --
Seeds of migration --
The pilgrim's call --
Twelve stones from the Jordan --
Ebenezer --
The ride to Khiva --
The redemption of Johann Drake --
The rise and fall of class Epp Jr. --
Revolution --
The last oasis.
Responsibility: Walter Ratliff.

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They were seeking religious freedom and the Second Coming of Christ in Central Asia. They found themselves in the care of a Muslim king. During the 1880s, Mennonites from Russia made a treacherous journey to the Silk Road kingdom of Khiva. Both Uzbek and Mennonite history seemed to set the stage for ongoing religious and ethnic discord. Yet their story became an example of friendship and cooperation between Muslims and Christians. This book challenges conventional wisdom about the trek to Central Asia and the settlement of Ak Metchet. It shows how the story, long associated with failed End Time prophecies, is being recast in the light of new evidence. This book highlights the role of Ak Metchet as refuge for those fleeing Soviet oppression, and the continuing influence of the episode more than twelve decades later. - Publisher info.

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In Pilgrims on the Silk Road, Ratliff has brought to light a fascinating but little known chapter in the history of European involvement in Central Asia, along the silk road. His portrait of the Mennonite mission to Khiva makes for great reading and an excellent companion to such classic...
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