The Silk Road: Religious Cultures, Conflicts and Contacts from Europe to China
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB216
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. T. de Bruin
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. P.J.C.L. van der Velde
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. P.J.C.L. van der Velde
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. P.J.C.L. van der Velde
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
You will both deepen and broaden your knowledge of the religions and cultures that have developed along the 'Silk Road'. You'll develop insight into the most signficant interactions between Asia and the West.
The Silk Road, which ran between Europe and China, was not just a trade route, but also a conduit for the distribution of ideas and religions from East to West and vice versa. By focusing on the ancient Silk Road, this course highlights the important role this area played in the formation and spread of religious cultures. The course introduces the world’s major religions, it familiarizes students with the basic tenets of each tradition, and looks at a number of specific instances of interaction between religions and cultures in this region.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
Instructional modes

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2