reasures from Turfan and Dunhuang: Syriac Christianity in Central Asia and China

This course surveys the presence of the Church of the East whose dioceses stretched from Baghdad through Central Asia to Chang’an, the imperial capital of China during the Tang dynasty. Archaeological evidence and spectacular manuscript discoveries, especially from Turfan and Dunhuang, illustrate a branch of Syriac Christianity that came into contact with Buddhism, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism as well as Islam.