While European civilization stagnated in the Dark Ages, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500,a time when Asia was the world,by relating the personal journeys of Asia's many travellers.
Stewart Gordon is Senior Research Scholar at the centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, and author of three books on Asia. He lives in Ann Arbor.