2020-21 School of Chinese Online Seminar
Sino-Iranian Relations in the Medieval Period
Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk
University of British Columbia
Date日期: May 12, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time時間: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Venue地點: via Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 982 1570 5216
China and Sasanian Iran enjoyed a number of diplomatic exchanges in response to growing political expansions from the fifth to sixth centuries. The understanding of pre-Islamic Iran and its influences on Chinese civilization are not so widely studied or understood. This paper will examine the diplomatic contacts between Iran and China, as well as the contacts between the caliphates and China during the Tang dynasty. We will further examine Chinese accounts of the Iranian calendar, economy and culture. I argue that Iran exercised a significant historical and cultural influence on China, but also that Chinese sources can provide rich information about contemporary Iran.
Jeffrey is presently researching the relationship of China and Iran during the medieval period with a particular interest in diplomatic, economic and religious relations. This research compares and contrasts a variety of sources, from dynastic histories to the Buddhist canon.
ALL are welcome