In response to my recent post on the so-called Silk Roads, a reader asked me what books I would recommend for someone interested in learning more about the subject. I will try to show some restraint.*
Here are some of my favorite books and websites on the subject:
- Boulnois, Luce and Helen Loveday. Silk Road: Monks, Warriors and Merchants. 2003.
- Sims-Williams, Ursula and Susan Whitfield. The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith. 2004.
- Wood, Frances. The Silk Road: 2000 Years in the Heart of Asia. 2002
- Wyatt, James C. Y. When Silk Was Gold: Central Asia and Chinese Textiles. 1997.
- Saudi Aramco World’s silk roads issue **
- For the truly hard core: The Silk Road Foundation
Enjoy! And feel free to add more suggestions, or argue about my choices, in the comments.
*It’s always dangerous asking me this type of question. Where some people have an Inner Child, I have an Inner Reference Librarian. You have been warned.
** If you’re interested in things Islamic, Saudi Aramco World can’t be beat. You can sign up for a free hard copy subscription or read it on-line each month,