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AHUM 12A00 - Along the silk Road

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The purpose of this yearly class is to study the processes in the building, flourishing and decline of the Silk Road(s) from the Antiquity origins to the 21 century revival. All aspects will be addressed in a pluridisciplinary approach along with reading conferences. Students will be required to work on primary sources and academic references.



Pedagogical format

Twelve lectures, each one dealing with a specific geographical area and historical period. We will follow the Silk Road branches using archeology, epigraphy, architecture, literary, religious or scientific texts and iconography as as many tools to try and capture the spirit as well as the daily activities of travelers.Not to mention economy as well as the study of divination, history of religions as well as nutrition and entertainement.

Course validation

One written dissertation at the end of the academic year and graded exercices in the reading conference class.

Required reading

Whitfield Susan: Life along the Silk Road, London, John Murray, ‎ 2000

Additional required reading

  • Wood Frances :The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia. London, British Library, 2003
  • Mair Victor, Editor, with E. E. Kuzmina :The Prehistory of the Silk Road, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
  • Boulnois Luce: Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road. Translator Helen Loveday. Hong Kong, Odyssey; New York, 2004
  • Foltz Richard, :Religions of the Silk Road, Premodern Patterns of Globalization, Palgrave Macmillan, ‎ 2010