CMS221

Venice to Tokyo: Religion and Trade along the Spice and Silk Routes

Subject code

CMS

Course Number

221

Instructor(s)

A. Akhtar

Course Long Title

Venice to Tokyo: Religion and Trade along the Spice and Silk Routes

Cross Listed Courses

Description

This course examines the intersection of religion and trade along the silk and spice routes that linked Venice and Istanbul with Isfahan, Malacca, Nanjing, and Tokyo in the medieval and early modern periods (800-1800 C.E.). Adherents of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and other spiritual traditions traversed these trade routes as merchants, diplomats, and pilgrims. As cultural brokers connecting Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, these merchants transmitted objects as diverse as silk textiles, relics, and texts on philosophy and ethics. This course follows the transfer of culture and commerce along these trade routes, focusing on a key thematic question: How are urban economies impacted by religion and culture?

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(History: East Asian), (History: European), (History: Early Modern), (History: Premodern)

GEC This Course Belongs To

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