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Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century

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BY RICHARD C. FOLTZ
NEW YORK: ST. MARTIN’S PRESS, 2000
186 PAGES PLUS PREFACE, PAPERBACK, ISBN 0-312-23338-8

The Internet, one might say, is the new Silk Road: it is a place that links various parts of the world; a place where people and other larger entities conduct business (e.g., e-commerce); a place fraught with danger (e.g., “hackers”); and a place where people exchange goods and ideas. While this picture of the new Silk Road works well as an explanatory device, Richard Foltz’s Religions of the Silk Road situates the dynamics of cross-cultural contact and trade along the ancient Silk Road.