Pilgrims on the Silk Road

A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva

By Walter R. Ratliff

Pilgrims on the Silk Road

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  • Pages: 312
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2010
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Pilgrims on the Silk Road

A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva

By Walter R. Ratliff

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  • ISBN: 9781606081334
  • Pages: 312
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2010
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
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  • ISBN: 9781606081334
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2010
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About-

They were seeking religious freedom and the Second Coming of Christ in Central Asia. They found themselves in the care of a Muslim king. During the 1880s, Mennonites from Russia made a treacherous journey to the Silk Road kingdom of Khiva. Both Uzbek and Mennonite history seemed to set the stage for ongoing religious and ethnic discord. Yet their story became an example of friendship and cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
Pilgrims on the Silk Road challenges conventional wisdom about the trek to Central Asia and the settlement of Ak Metchet. It shows how the story, long associated with failed End Times prophecies, is being recast in light of new evidence. Pilgrims highlights the role of Ak Metchet as a refuge for those fleeing Soviet oppression, and the continuing influence of the episode more than twelve decades later.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Walter Ratliff's history of the Mennonite Great Trek to Central Asia offers a new angle of vision upon one of the most remarkable events of Mennonite history. Pilgrims on the Silk Road puts the Great Trek into the context of nineteenth-century imperial rivalry and of the Russian conquest of Khiva. The author tells tales of Muslim-Christian cooperation that resonate with meaning in our twenty-first century of religious polarization. Ratliff's perspective is revisionist without being contentious. I hope this book will find a wide readership."
--James Juhnke, Bethel College, Emeritus

"In Pilgrims on the Silk Road, Ratliff has brought to light a fascinating but little known chapter in the history of European involvement in Central Asia, along the silk road. His portrait of the Mennonite mission to Khiva makes for great reading and an excellent companion to such classic works as Peter Hopkirk's The Great Game."
--Charles M. Stang, Harvard Divinity School

"Pilgrims on the Silk Road is a captivating story. The book has planted the Mennonite presence deeply in the encounter with a multi-sided Islamic culture. I cannot think of any Mennonite group buffeted by such a series of cross-cultural experiences-from prophets of millennialism, to Russian imperialism, to the last hurrah of an Muslim Khan. I was impressed with how the Ak Metchet people had so many confrontations with violence to which they responded in a modest, nonresistant way."
--Robert S. Kreider, Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Emeritus

Contributors-

Walter R. Ratliff

Bio(s)-

Walter Ratliff is a journalist and religion scholar from Washington, DC. He holds degrees from Georgetown University, Wheaton College, and the University of New Mexico. He is the producer/director of the documentary "Through the Desert Goes Our Journey" (2008).

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