China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections

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About the Publication

"Wong's and Heldt's edited anthology represents the future of Asian Studies. A thoroughly transcultural perspective that characterizes the volume sheds new lights on issues that have been studied only within the framework of East Asian modern nation states. At the same time, it demonstrates how immediately relevant the same issues are to the studies of other areas of Asia and beyond. This anthology is a must for anyone who aims at introducing innovations into area studies across diverse academic disciplines."                                              

                                                                                                                               -- Ryuichi Abe,Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University.

This book is co-published by Manohar, Cambria Press and Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre in ISEAS. Available for distribution in Southeast Asia by ISEAS Publishing.

Contents

China and Beyond in the Mediaeval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-Regional Connections [Whole Publication], by Dorothy C Wong, Gustav Heldt, authors
Preliminary pages
PART I: NETWORKS OF EXCHANGE
1. Crossing a Boundary: Where, When, How, by Lewis Lancaster, author
2. Buddhism and the Maritime Crossings, by Tansen Sen, author
3. An Agent of Cultural Transmission: Jianzhen's Travels to Japan, 743-65, by Dorothy C Wong, author
4. Dimensions of Endtime at Baoshan, by Wendi L Adamek, author
PART II: SILK ROAD CROSSINGS
5. The Sogdian Experience in China: Sinicization or Accommodation?, by Albert Tzeng, author
6. Chinese Filial Cannibalism: A Silk Road Import? , by Keith N Knapp, author
7. Images of Sun and Moon Gods in Dunhuang Murals between the Sixth and Tenth Centuries, by Yuanlin Zhang, author
8. Islamic Silver for Carolingian Reforms and the Buddha-Image of Helgö: Rethinking Carolingian Connections with the East, 790-820, by Eric Ramirez-Weaver, author
9. From Hellinistic Scientific Device to Islamic Astrolabe: Transmission of a Non-Chinese Scientific Instrument in Late Mediaeval China, by Kam-Wing Fung, author
PART III: TEXTUAL CENTRES AND PERIPHERIES
10. Our Women in Central Asia: Women Diplomats of the Han Court, by Anne Behnke Kinney, author
11. Ominous Dress: Hufu ("Barbarian Clothing") during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), by Suzanne Cahill, author
12. The Mother of Laozi and the Female Emperor Wu Zhao: From One Grand Dowager to Another, by Norman Harry Rothschild, author
13. Tracking the Wa-Kan Dialectic at Nara, by Joan R Piggott, author
14. Literary Diplomacy in Early Nara: Prince Nagaya and the Verses of Envoys from Silla in Kaifūsō, by H Mack Horton, author
15. Abe no Nakamaro at the End of the Silk Road, by Gustav Heldt, author
PART IV: BUDDHIST ART AND ICONOGRAPHY
16. Interstices of Compassion: The Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara in China and South and Southeast Asia, 5th-10th Century, by Denise Patry Leidy, author
17. Avalokiteśvara Images at Candi Borobudur, by Takashi Koezuka, author
18. Saved by the Bell: The Six Kannon and Bonshō, by Sherry Fowler, author
19. Dhāraṇi Pillars in China: Functions and Symbols, by Liying Kuo, author
20. Notes on the Jewel Casket Sutra in Japan, by John M Rosenfield, author
21. Concerning the Role and Iconography of the Astral Deity Sudṛṣṭi (Miaojian) in Esoteric Buddhism, by Henrik H Sorensen, author
Epilogue: The Silk Road as Real Space, by David Summers, author
About the Contributors
Index

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