Trade, Mission and Inter-Religious Encounters: East Syriac Christianity along the Silk Road Before 1500 in Tibet, Western China, Ceylon and Southeast Asia

Project Details


The project intends to study these neglected primary sources on the spread of East Syriac Christianity in Tibet, West China, Ceylon and Southeast Asia before the year 1500. It focuses on the expansion of this religion through trade as well as on inter-religious encounters between Christians and peoples of other faiths along the Silk Road, e.g. Buddhism, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism and Islam.

An inter-disciplinary study with field work examing ancient and medieval primary sources, e.g. inscriptions, manuscripts, epitaphs and travelogues

To investigate East Syriac Christian encounters with people of other religions along the Silk Road before 1500
Short title'Ostsyrisches Christentum entlang der Seidenstraße vor 1500'
Effective start/end date1/06/0831/05/13

Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2002

  • 6408 Church history
  • 6424 History of religion
  • 6417 Religious science
  • 64 Theology