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Between Imagination and Encounter: Religious Cultures in Contact in Pre-Modern Central Asia and its Borders



While increasing attention has been given in recent years to the role of long-distance trade in the cross-pollination of cultures and ideas in Central Asia, little work has been done in identifying contact zones and transfer processes between the multifarious religious cultures and practices in Central Asia.  This lacuna is in part due to difficulties in the historiography of Central Asia stemming from the diversity of the languages, polities, and cultures connected by the transcontinental trading routes. This workshop is focuses on contact, appropriation, exchange and opposition within Central Asian religious and cultural traditions.

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