Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road by Johan ElverskogBuddhism and Islam on the Silk Road by Johan Elverskog

Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road

byJohan Elverskog

Paperback | April 16, 2013

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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 irrational religion. But if Buddhist-Muslim history was simply repeated instances of Muslim militants attacking representations of the Buddha, how had the Bamiyan Buddha statues survived thirteen hundred years of Muslim rule?

Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road demonstrates that the history of Buddhist-Muslim interaction is much richer and more complex than many assume. This groundbreaking book covers Inner Asia from the eighth century through the Mongol empire and to the end of the Qing dynasty in the late nineteenth century. By exploring the meetings between Buddhists and Muslims along the Silk Road from Iran to China over more than a millennium, Johan Elverskog reveals that this long encounter was actually one of profound cross-cultural exchange in which two religious traditions were not only enriched but transformed in many ways.

Johan Elverskog is Altshuler University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Southern Methodist University.
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Title:Buddhism and Islam on the Silk RoadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2013Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0812222598

ISBN - 13:9780812222593

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One: Contact
Chapter Two: Understanding
Chapter Three: Idolatry
Chapter Four: Jihad
Chapter Five: Halal
Conclusion

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

"This is the most thorough treatment I have seen of the historical relationship between Buddhism and Islam. Elverskog skillfully and often entertainingly corrects many longstanding stereotypes about both religions, and richly demonstrates the complexity of their historical interaction with each other. This book is thoughtful, its arguments well supported, and its style very accessible."—Richard Foltz, author of Religions of the Silk Road