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Travelling the Silk Road from East to West: How a 14th century Mongol pilgrim became the leader of the church in Iraq
By AKU-ISMC's Philip Wood
Part of 'The Silk Road: A Living History' series of talks

9 June 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm BST

In this talk, Professor Philip Wood examines the lives of Barsauma and Mark, Christian pilgrims from Mongolia who became important players in the politics of 14th century Iraq. This session will explore the conditions under which long distance overland travel and the spread of ideas and personnel across Eurasia was possible during this period. Professor Wood will also discuss some of the unusual diplomatic links between the East and the West in this period, such as the attempt by the Mongol Ilkhan to organise a crusade against Jerusalem in alliance with the Pope and the king of France. This talk will highlight how Christianity in the 14th century was not only a European phenomenon and how the Christian communities that this pilgrim encountered in Central Asia had rich histories going back to the 6th and 7th centuries.

'The Silk Road: A Living History' talks are a collaboration between Aga Khan Foundation UK, Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and The Institute of The Ismaili Studies.

Jun 9, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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