Qarakhanid Roads to China reconsiders the diplomacy, trade and geography of transcontinental networks between Central Asia and China from the 10th to the 12th centuries and challenges the concept of “the Silk Road crisis” in the period between the fall of the Tang Dynasty and the rise of the Mongols. Utilizing a broad range of Islamic and Chinese primary sources together with archaeological data, Dilnoza Duturaeva demonstrates the complexity of interaction along the Silk Roads and beyond that, revolutionizes our understanding of the Qarakhanid world and Song-era China’s relations with neighboring regions.
Dilnoza Duturaeva, Ph.D. (2011), Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, is Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Research Fellow at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
"Her encyclopedic knowledge and patient teasing out of her conclusions from philological sources in Chinese, Turkish, Arabic and Persian, are admirable. (...) Qarakhanid Roads to China offers a comprehensive portrait of the peoples and the activities of this little-known era of the Silk Road, and will be a valuable reference for students and scholars alike." - David Chaffetz, Asian Review of Books '
Foreword Acknowledgments List of Maps, Tables and Figures Abbreviations Used in the Tables Note on Transliterations and Measures
1 The Qarakhanid World Introduction
1 Notes on the Qarakhanid Image and Origin
2 The Qarakhanid Trade Partners in the West
3 The Qarakhanids and the East
2 Between the Islamic World and Liao China Introduction
1 Gifting between the Qarakhanid and the Islamic World: The Ghaznavid Case
2 Gifting between the Qarakhanids and the Sinitic World: The Liao Case
3 Envoys and Traders to Northern Song China Introduction
1 Names for the Qarakhanids
2 The Image of the West in China
3 Envoys and Traders to Kaifeng
4 Women Envoys and Travelers
5 Official Communication
6 Diplomatic Gifts and Trade Commodities
7 Roads, Itineraries and Maps
8 Missions to Hangzhou?
4 Before China: Dunhuang, Turfan and Tibet Introduction
5 Qarakhanid Allies and China Introduction
1 The Liao Envoy in Ghazna and the “Persians” from Northern India in Kaifeng
2 Sultans and Rum: Saljuq Missions to Northern Song China
3 The “Uyghurs” of Khwarzm: Records on the Khwarazmshahs
6 The Qarakhanid Silk Roads and Beyond Introduction
1 Silk Road Symbols and Images
2 The Amber Road and Migration of Culture
3 The Frankincense Road
4 The Qinghai Road: Tea and Horse Trade
Conclusion Appendix 1: Records on the Qarakhanids in Song shi Appendix 2: Documents on the Qarakhanid Diplomacy and Trade Appendix 3: List of the Qarakhanid Missions to Song China Appendix 4: Glossary of Chinese Characters Bibliography Index
Researchers and students of the history of Central Asia and China, and specialists in Silk Road Studies.