Silk and Religion: An Exploration of Material Life and the Thought of People, AD 600-1200

Item Code: IDF838
Author: Xinru Liu
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 0195644522
Pages: 243
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.3" X 5.3"
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This book is a fascinating study of the silk trade in Eurasia between the seventh and the twelfth centuries and explores how religious ideas and institutions affected economic behavior. The author delves into the complex web of economic, cultural, technological, and religious elements which transformed silk from being a status symbol, whose production and use were controlled by the state, both in Tang China and within the Byzantine empire, to being a freely traded commodity.

The author suggests that the changing religious concepts and institutions within the Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim worlds played a role in this transformation.

Readers interested in religion, trade, the history of textiles and its relationship with economic and philosophical matters will appreciate Liu's highly complex boundary transgressing study.

Xinru Liu is Professor in the Department of Ancient and Medieval History, Institute of World History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.


IRise of Buddhist Folk Religion and Relic Transactions25
IISilk and Buddhism49
IIISilk in Byzantium73
IVCult of Saints and Christian Expansion92
VChristianity and Silk Trade113
VIRise of Islam and the Tiraz System130
VIISilk Trade Under Islamic Rule158
VIIIConcluding Comments179
Chronological Table212

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