Sino-Iranica and Sino-Arabica

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New book from Brill:

Sino-Iranian and Sino-Arabian Relations in Late Antiquity
China and the Parthians, Sasanians, and Arabs in the First Millennium

    Crossroads – History of Interactions across the Silk Routes, Volume: 8

Author: Jeffrey Kotyk

What type of exchanges occurred between West and East Asia in the first millennium CE? What sort of connections existed between Persia and China? What did the Chinese know of early Islam?

This study offers an overview of the cultural, diplomatic, commercial, and religious relationships that flourished between Iran and China, building on the pioneering work of Berthold Laufer’s Sino-Iranica (1919) while utilizing a diverse array of Classical Chinese sources to tell the story of Sino-Iran in a fresh light to highlight the significance of transcultural networks across Asia in late antiquity.

This is a much-needed book, to fill in the void left after the publication of Berthold Laufer's great Sino-Iranica:  Chinese Contributions to the History of Civilization in Ancient Iran (Chicago, 1919)


Selected readings

  • "A Persian word in a Sinitic topolect" (3/10/20)
  • Berthold Laufer, Sino-Iranica: Chinese Contributions to the History of Civilization in Ancient Iran, Publication 201, Anthropological Series, Vol. XV, No. 3 (Chicago:  Field Museum of Natural History, 1919)

[h.t. Geoff Wade]


  1. Andreas Johansson said,

    March 21, 2024 @ 2:21 am

    And at €73.14 it's practically a steal!

  2. Victor Mair said,

    March 21, 2024 @ 5:25 am

    Not a bad price for a scholarly monograph.

  3. Victor Mair said,

    March 21, 2024 @ 5:25 am

    Notice the features of the individual in the middle of the painting on the cover of the book.

    "The linguistic origins and affiliations of Zen" (11/13/21) — Bodhidharma, said to be the founder of Chan / Zen in China during the 5th c.

    "The bearded barbarian" (8/26/15) — more precisely, a "red-bearded barbarian"

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